Large schools of minnows have moved up a creek and into a favorite spot of mine. Tried fishing it but didn't have any catches. A day later Phil sent me a pic of a stickleback he had caught! Very exciting development since that species is one I'd like to figure out. We went back there together on the weekend to see how things were looking. It was looking good. A ball of minnows was collected under a drop off in fast water while hundreds more circled around in the calm area. Darters were seen hugging vertical rock faces while fatheads and sticklebacks cruised at mid depth. Mudminnows were mixed in at different spots, some brightly colored.
I caught a few darters, two of which look like iowa darters. The markings are different than a johnny's and they are more brown colored. Plus they had a dark streak below the eye. I am not positive, would like confirmation. Also caught a fat female johnny which is a lifer for me. Very nice size.
plenty of w and x markings = thinking johnny darter
Phil proceeded to catch 3 or 4 brook sticklebacks with ease. I don't know how he did it. They nip the end of the bait for a fraction of a second and then pull back similar to a goldfish. I kept at it without any luck. I put my bait out in the faster current where more micros were hanging. Just to try a new spot. That was the right move. Caught my first stickleback!! Beautiful species. Love how dark they are and the unusual body proportions. Later I observed a ridiculous number of them in the creek, just swimming along the bank. Never realized how common they were!
had to hold some water in my hand to get the spikes to stick up
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