A Fish Per Day…

This month I decided to take on a simple challenge: catch at least one fish every single day. My work schedule allows me to stop at a lake for about an hour on the way home, so I thought I had the decent shot at accomplishing it. This is how my month went…

May 1st: Yellow Bullhead

May 2nd: Warmouth

May 3rd: Redear Sunfish

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May 4th: Green Sunfish

May 5th: Largemouth Bass

May 6th: Bluegill

May 7th: Redear Sunfish

May 8th: White Crappie

May 9th: Bluegill

May 10th: Largemouth Bass

May 11th: Hybrid Sunfish

May 12th: Channel Catfish

May 13th: Largemouth Bass (caught while micro-fishing)

May 14th: White Crappie

May 15th: Redear Sunfish

May 16th: Redear Sunfish

May 17th: Warmouth

May 18th: Flier Sunfish

May 19th: Flathead Catfish

May 20th: Bowfin

May 21st: Green Sunfish

May 22nd: Channel Catfish

May 23rd: Largemouth Bass

May 24th: Black Crappie

May 25th: Warmouth

May 26th: Grass Pickerel

May 27th: Striped Bass

May 28th: White Crappie

May 29th: Warmouth

May 30th: Bluegill

May 31st: Redear Sunfish

This has been a fun month of fishing, by the end of the month I was surprised to see all of the different species of fish I had caught. This has been interesting challenge, and it been a nice way to force myself to take a break after work before working on the projects I have going on at home. I think the best way to understand how rewarding this has been would be to do it yourself. So with that in mind, I challenge you all to give it a try too.

Tight lines,

-Isaac

Sometimes Technology Fails

I wasn’t feeling like doing anything fancy today so I grabbed the bait I had and went to the river with hopes of their being a few decent fish. The river was up a little higher than it was the last few days, sitting at 15.56 feet. My initial thought was to fish a spinnerbait, which did end up being a decent call. I fished right beside the boat launch at Angel Mounds, one side has a very rocky ledge and the other side of the boat launch has a current break with a mostly muddy bottom. I choose to use a spinnerbait with two blades to give off a large amount of vibration, one larger Willow blade and a smaller Colorado blade.

I started by working the side with rock ledge with and was rewarded with a decent spotted back, the problem was I took a picture with an old camera. And when I got home I found the camera had dumped the picture, so you’re just going to have to trust me on this one. After this fish the bite really seemed to just stop.

At this point I really just wanted to catch anything, so I switched to the side with a current break and tried my hand at some micro-fishing. I used hot dogs as bait and the smallest fly tying hook I had. I don’t know what the name of the species is, but they are very common in this area in the creeks and the river.

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After I had caught a few little minnows it seemed logical to use these as bait and that resulted in 0 fish. Right at sunset a few skipjack started attacking some of the minnows so I tied on a little jerkbait and caught one 8 inch skipjack. But alas the camera failure resulted in no proof.

This spot does have potential for holding a decent number of fish and has been a good place to fish for years. I believe the main problem today was that a commercial fisherman had set his nets right off the boat launch.