One of my goals for this year was to finally catch a Darter in Indiana, which theoretically should be a pretty simple thing to do. I've been searching my local creeks and doing a lot of microfishing to try to accomplish this. But the only species I've been find are those pictured below:
And this fish, which I will admit I am having a difficult time identifiying (largly due to my poor photography skills)
What I have been doing is tipping a small size 22 hook with a small piece of nightcrawler and about a 6 inches above that attaching a small slipshot. I've been fishing the deeper pools and letting it sink to the bottom, I've tried fishing the bottom end of rapids, and right above those rapids. I've tried fishing in the faster water, but the creeks I have access two are only about 4 feet wide and by the time I get to these points the fish seem to be spoked off.
Do you all have any tips about how I could manage my first Darter? Thanks in advance