NANFA-- Maumee Collecting 6-17-2000

Mark B (
Mon, 19 Jun 2000 21:46:04 -0400

Did a little collecting on the Maumee River in Maumee (Toledo) Ohio on
Saturday. My brother, Paul, and I visited the Maumee just upstream of
Sidecut Park after Todd Crail informed us of a mass gar congregation there.
The water was high, but we got in where it was flowing up over the bank
under the trees. The high flow seemed to be forcing a lot of fish into the
shallows. There was a lot of current - definitely a two man job. Caught
_lots_ of fish. Huge smallmouth, rockbass and shad. Many green sunfish
and O-spots, spotfin shiners, emerald shiners, two sheephead, one
carpsucker, one redhorse, sand/mimic shiners, bluntnose minnows, and white
bass. I kept the O-spots, sheephead and carpsucker. Paul used the other
minnows and sunfish to catch largemouth later. Several times, smallmouth
rocketed out of the water and over the net as we drove toward the bank. No
gar to be seen. Actually, nothing was visible below the surface due to the
extreme turbidity caused by soil runoff.

Haven't kept drum since I was a kid. They are really different and
interesting. The Maumee seems to be a haven for orangespotted sunfish.

Mark Binkley
Columbus Ohio USA <))><

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