Fall/Early Winter Summary

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Fall/Early Winter Summary

Hello all! I've been too lazy to post all of my fishing as individual reports, so I figured I'd compile some of my favorite pictures/catches/memories from the last few months. Be warned, this post contains a LOT of pictures.

To start, here's one of my favorite pics of 2016 (as evidenced by my thumbnail/profile pic):

Next up is the unfortunate shorthead who, after savaging my bait, was taken for a ride down a creek by a voracious muskie. I'll get him back for you, brave little shorty!

I took a half-day of PTO to go on a lifelisting/camping trip with Greenwood (Fishingdude14), and after much swearing and missed hookups and miscasts, landed my lifer Shortnose Gar.

We caught lots of cool stuff that trip, but I will be back for a few missed lifers. I did a bunch of fishing with him this year- one of the weekends included my PB Greater (24.5)

I really don't see myself changing my Facebook cover photo to anything else except that first picture for a very, very long time.

Also got this cool bowfin shot. I love how its lighter color blends with the background.

Greenwood really likes creek fishing.

I had a lot of luck this season with redhorse, specifically Silvers. Prior to October of this year, I had only managed one specimen!

I also got a battle-worn one-eyed White.

And a PB tanker

One of my favorite experiences of this whole year, though, was when I got to teach my buddy Timothee how to fish. He had grown up in Belgium without ever seeing a live fish outside of water, and he asked me to change that. His first fish out of the gate was a proper Minnesotan Redhorse.

We caught a ton of fish that day. I think the fish understood the importance of the moment.

After he caught and released that fish, Timothee begged me to take him fishing again. Somewhere in the flurry of fish, I caught 2 more Greaters, one of which makes a great profile picture:

I met up with E-Kol to get some urban carping in, and got this well-lighted pic with a small one

I managed to get out for Sturgeon on election night, because that seemed like the right thing to do.

I got out with the amazing TonyS on his new boat a bit later and shattered my PB with this 55" tagged female

This weekend, Greenwood and I decided to go out for one last (funny joke) hurrah before everything freezes over. We caught tons of feisty, ornery Shorthead

(Note the muddiness- I could never keep mine very clean!)

I got a snowy Silver

He still had tuburcles.....

We doubled up on Silvers that day.

Greenwood's was deformed and awesome

Today we went back, caught a LOT more shortheads, and Greenwood got two Greaters. His second one was pretty tanky.

And that's that, folks. Image dump status: Complete.

I hope most or all of you all got out after some fish this fall! It stayed warm and hospitable for a wonderful, great while.


Hengelaar's picture
Awesome Stuff

All kindsa great fish in there!

Love the redhorse in the snow.

Fishn sure is neat

Kokanee killer
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nice lookin suckers

nice lookin suckers

good fishing

Jason E.
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Great post, but I wanted to

Great post, but I wanted to read more about how using mittens enabled folks to firmly and safely grip their fish!  Your late fall seems more productive than mine, I've managed a few shortheads and catfish here and there, but not much else.

Graceclaw's picture

The primary purpose of the mittens was to keep my hands from falling off. They were especially helpful for the Shortheads, who were all ice-cold and ornery. After holding a few with my bare left hand for unhooking, I realized that the only way I was going to be able to safely and/or comfortably unhook them was to have my left mitten on.

My mittens are more stylish than yours! They are also deerhide, which I feel doesn't do as much damage to the fish's slime.

FP4LifesDad's picture
Great photos and story, man

Great photos and story, man thanks for sharing.  Congrats on some awesome fishing!!

Eli's picture
Awesome fish.

Awesome fish.

Never seen a kyphotic redhorse before...




andy's picture
Kyphotic Redhorse

Hey Eli, when I read that I thought maybe that was the band name on FishingDude's shirt. Might be a great name for a grindcore band, anyway.  


I've seen it in a few fish over the years, always weird.  Especially when you filet them; it feels like you need a crooked knife.

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Shorty, we hardly knew ye

Corey's picture
Awesome story

Love the photos. It's nice to see that kind of amazing variety, and quality-sized specimens, too!

Aquaholic's picture
Sweet feesh

Great catches man, Now we gotta get out this spring for that lifelist flattie!

Fishaholicsanonymous89's picture
Did you look to see where the

Awesome! Did you look to see where the tagged sturgeon had traveled?

Graceclaw's picture
Re: Tagged Sturgeon

As far as I know, we haven't heard back from the biologist about her movements. I imagine the guy who handles it is pretty tired of seeing Tony's e-mail pop up in his inbox!

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I still wouldn't jump to calling it female. Satistics have a bent towards female at that size but there are plenty of males out there well into the 50s.  Start talking 65"+ and female becomes a safe bet.   Would be cool if there was an easy way to tell but with individuals only spawning once every 4-5 years or so, you can't even count on late fall - spring females carrying extra girth with eggs


Anyway, last I heard from Joel he was busy wrapping up from open water season field work.  Probably going to be a while before we get any details on the tagged fish from the season.  Going off last year I would think it would be Jan or Feb before I hear.