Category: microfishing

The end results of a quick little microfishing…

The end results of a quick little microfishing session: baby Channel Catfish and Mimic Shiners

There are a lot of fish species on my bucket l…

There are a lot of fish species on my bucket list, but one that was highest on my list was a tiny little fish that most don’t know exist: the Rainbow Darter. I drove north a few hours to get within the range of these fish and met up with a friend who had figured out a location where these fish were abundant. Within an hour he helped me find one of these little fish hiding in the rocks in a small riffle. I dropped my tanago hook with a tiny piece of worm in front of it and before long he darted out and took the bait. I few quick pictures later I released this fish back to his home. Most people’s bucket list fish are large famous species, I’ll always be much happier to catch these little overlooked parts of our natural biodiversity

I couldn’t resist microfishing for a little bi…

I couldn’t resist microfishing for a little bit, this resulted in a beautiful little Blackstripe Topminnow

A happy surprise while microfishing for shiner…

A happy surprise while microfishing for shiners

It took some searching, but I found a creek th…

It took some searching, but I found a creek that hadn’t frozen over yet and was happy to find a healthy population of creek chubs

I saw the biggest school of Blackstripe Topmin…

I saw the biggest school of Blackstripe Topminnows that I’ve ever seen, there were literally hundreds of them in the shallows. So I took a quick break from fishing for sunfish to microfish one to get a good picture

This creek is one of my favorite getaways, it …

This creek is one of my favorite getaways, it is such a peaceful places. On this occasion I waded a small stretch of it in search of some Bluegill and Longear Sunfish, then once I found them I was curious what minnows were hanging around and found a large number of Mimic Shiners while microfishing. I love getting to see this biodiversity in person in such a beautiful place

I microfished up a tiny very purple Longear Su…

I microfished up a tiny very purple Longear Sunfish 

Talk about a gorgeous fish! I really was incre…

Talk about a gorgeous fish! I really was incredibly excited to find this population of Convict Cichlids. They have some amazing colors and were so much fun to fish for

Make fun of microfishing all you want, but wit…

Make fun of microfishing all you want, but with the ability to catch little exotic fish like this I won’t ever say no to it. This was my favorite freshwater fish I caught in California, the Convict Cichlid!