NANFA-- Collecting in the Crow Wing River

Mark Otnes (
Sat, 21 Apr 2001 11:06:34 -0500

I finally got out to do some collecting this spring. Our lakes are still
frozen over, but the rivers and streams are open now. Friday I drove to the
upper Crow Wing River just south of Park Rapids, Minnesota and did a little
seining. There wasn't any visible fish activity, but by using a 4X4 seine
I got a lot of Least Darters. The females looked like they were quite
gravid. I also got one Johnny Darter, a couple of Hornyhead Chubs, and some
small silvery cyprinids I couldn't identify, and quite a few Tadpoll
Madtoms. There were a lot of fish eating ducks (Hooded Mergansers,
Buffleheads, and Common Goldeneyes) on the river, so they must have been
having some luck too.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND

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