Chasing some white suckers Saturday, found a good number gathered above a riffle. They were dressed up in spawning coloration and stripes, every spring I enjoy seeing this.
Above the fast water the suckers look like this, enhanced pic.
Moved downstream to deeper water. Had lots of aggressive bites that I missed. Managed to catch two. Noticed these suckers lacked the stripes. Put up a solid fight!
Also had some rapid fire bites as I cast and my sinker settled along the bottom. This had to be from smaller fish. Another bite came and a bullhead sized fish was splashing at the surface...
...Seconds later I had a mottled sculpin in my hands! They've been on my mind but never caught one until now. Crazy thing was it inhaled the large hook and worm. I admire the character and traits of sculpin. They are built to handle fast current, sitting under rocks hardly ever noticed by people!
Camo to the max
The next day I fished this spot again, trying to figure out the sculpin. Turns out the rapid bites I was getting after casting out were coming from common shiners. Tried fishing around rocks closer to the riffle. No sculpin this time. Better chance in the evening? A guy came over and asked what I was fishing for. He said he noticed a school of minnows in a different spot. I had missed this before, turns out he was right.
Small minnows were schooling around some submerged rocks. I had to see if one would bite. They were just nipping the end of my bait, tough to hook. Noticed some larger fish down between two rocks. Caught a nice darter! Think it's a johnny, in brilliant colors.
Was also seeing something bigger near the bottom swimming around, dark stripe along the side. Hoping they were redbelly dace. Hooked one, but it wasn't a dace. Similar to a fathead, but shiny and metallic along the belly. A brassy minnow perhaps? Anyways, doesn't matter if it's a new species. Had a great time!
Had to add one more pic. From a couple weeks ago. I didn't actually catch this, it jumped out of the water at a different spot and landed in a depression on the bank. Went to put it back in the water and saw it was a northern redbelly dace I believe. In awe of this fish!!
Get out to the creeks and ponds in your area. Who knows what you'll find.