Missouri micros

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Missouri micros

Despite having limited time for micros during the trip to Missouri in June, I did manage to catch a few new lifers. Just hoping to share the pics and get some assistance in confirming the species. 

Spot #1 was a clear water river that was chock full of micros of varying sizes and shapes. 

Caught a really shiny micro but it flipped out of my hand, onto the ground. When I picked it up the scales just peeled off. Would liked to have caught another one and re-taken the photo but the clock was running and we had full size lifers to chase too. Thought this might be a duskystripe shiner but they didn't sample any in this river. What do you think it is?

 

 

 

Later on I caught my first ever sculpin (I'm still a rookie at this). Was really excited until I saw the hook was sticking under the bottom lip. Don't think I can count it which is a bummer. We ended up catching shadow bass, smallmouth bass, longears, redspotted sunfish, warmouth, and 1 hogsucker here.

 

spot #2 was a small lake with lots of weeds surrounding the edge. Huge schools of topminnows fought over eachother to get to the bits of worm we fished with here. I believe this is a blackspotted topminnow. Correct me if I'm wrong. What a beautiful looking fish. Sunfish and crappies were also landed.

 

spot #3 was further upstream of the first river covered. Lots of green and redspotted sunfish were caught in slack water but we had no bites in the main channel. Sturgesaurus caught a nice little sculpin, then Phil brought in a trophy. Sturgesaurus waded across and got into some chubs. It took me a while but I caught a sculpin too... this stretch seems to be the sculpin headquarters because that was mostly what we caught. Now, is it a banded, ozark or knobfin? I originally thought it was a banded. 

 

Missouri is a fantastic area, and offers a wide array of water that holds so many species. I think it would be fun to take a trip there just to focus on micros. We barely had any time to try for micros, but the few we caught were great fun and a joy to hold and examine.  

 

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Thanks for the reply Ben, we

Thanks for the reply Ben, we were on the Current River. I think that narrows things down a little, for instance the sampling report I'm looking at lists only banded and ozark sculpins. Hopefully someone can narrow it down further, I appreciate the help.

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Excellent! Very happy to have

Excellent! Very happy to have caught a bleeding shiner and knobfin sculpin. Thanks for helping me out with the proper id. I was hoping that shiner wouldn't be too tough to tell with the missing scales, and I know bleeding shiners typically have some distinct markings on their sides yet I don't remember seeing many markings when I caught that fish. The sampling data really helps out in a case like that. Interesting that the knobfin is a new species. I know I need to work on my sculpin id skills... that's a good article you posted.

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