NANFA-- Winter collecting

R. W. Wolff (
Mon, 31 Dec 2001 01:00:54 -0600

Went out to get minnows to feed the gar and bowfin and we went to several
holes in the marsh, which were oddly wide open at ten degrees tonight at
midnight. The steam was just boiling off the water. The first ones had no
fish since the water was too open, and we went to an old faithful spot near
the Sandhill Wildlife Refuge and sure enough, the water was just teaming
with cyprinids. We had a typical "kick net" or scoop net as we call them. It
has an 18 inch hoop and about that deep of bag. One scoop and up came a
five gallon pail full ( half the net full of solid fish) of mostly fatheads
( odd since they were never this common before) blacknose shiners, and some
northern redbelly dace and golden shiners, maybe some others. This was more
than we needed, way more, so most were quickly released leaving enough to
feed everyone happily. Luckily for them minnows we were not going fishing
for sac-a-lait tonight or they would have been needed to fill the bucket
full of fillet size tasty fish!

Ray and Matt.

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