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Hello, I wanted to introduce myself, as I have been a longtime lurker on these pages, but finally created an account. First off, I wanted to thank the many people that have provided so much information that I have gleaned off the last year. My son and I set out with the ambitious plans of trying to catch a fish in all 87 counties in Minnesota at the beginning of 2021. We currently are just 3 counties away from finishing this goal. We're up to 46 different species of fish on the year, and have had so many amazing adventures. Before this year, I had never microfished, or even heard of it! Now, we've caught Logperch in 4 different counties, and just last week caught our first Blackside Darter. We've fallen in love with the Minnesota River, with all the species found there, like Shortnose Gar, Smallmouth Buffalo, and Channel Catfish everywhere we stop! We discovered the amazing Trout fisheries found in SE Minnesota, and have some enjoyable days on the Zumbro, Root, and many other great waters. I could go on and on... I have a few questions... Do any lifelisters track their catches at the county level? I've birdwatched for years, and track which species I seen in specific counties. Just wondering if that lunacy exists among fish listers. I'm tracking everything this year on INaturalist, a messy map, and a very large spreadsheet. I'll plan on updating you all as we near the finish line. After we're done, we'll spend the rest of the year trying to catch new species and going back to counties we only registered a single species. Thanks for having me!
Corey's picture
County Tracking

I haven't heard of anyone tracking their catches at the county level, but I think it's a cool thing to try. The county biological survey certainly tracks fish occurances at that level - it would be cool to check up against it to see if you have any catches thatthey are missing!



Tyler W
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New levels of lunacy

I think you will find us very supportive of your new levels of lunacy. 

I mentally track which species I have caught with angling gear vs survey gear. For example, I have caught blue suckers and long nose sucker with electrofishing gear, but not angling. 


I life having a life list, but I only really track my "midwest" species. But, adding new species to the list isn't the main reason I fish "rough". I really like learning about a species or a fishery. For example, I tried and failed to catch a bigmouth buffalo for years. Then I found them basically in my backyard and caught one. That launched me down a road of really learning about bigmouth buffalo and what makes them tick. I'll go check on the buffs to see if they are active and note the conditions (water level, temp, wind, etc). 


I also have a thing for all types of redhorse. But, I won't pass up a chance to catch any rough fish! I'll master the other species when I have time. 

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I've never kept track at the county level but that is an interesting thought.  I do keep track at the state level and I keep separate lists for certain specific waterbodies that I'm particularly attached to

Eric Kol
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that's rad!

love the county list, what a great way to organize an effort. What has been you favorite and least favorite counties tio fish in?

Carpy Diem!