NANFA-- North GA trip findings

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 24 Sep 2001 19:30:11 -0400

As Sharon mentioned, 4 of us (Sharon, Steven, Casper, Bruce) got out and
about on Saturday to two creeks in north Georgia. The weather was perfect,
and I think we all had a good time. We started at Salacoa Creek in Gordon
County, GA, just north of the Bartow County line along Rt. 411. This is a
surprisingly clean, undisturbed creek with riffles, runs and pools; there
were neither bluegills nor largemouth bass, always a good sign in such a
creek. We found:

Alabama hogsuckers (Hypentelium etowanum)
largescale stonerollers (Campostoma oligolepis, even thought I hoped for C.
sculpin (Cottus species, I've given up for the moment)
creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)
some types (2) of redhorse... steve says black and spotted.
drum ( steve saw a distant school snorkeling)
redbreast, longear sunfish (Lepomis auritus and L. megalotis).
redeye and spotted bass (Micropterus coosae, M. punctatus)
southern studfish (Fundulus stellifer)
coosa, rainbow, striped, tricolor, black tail, alabama shiners (Notropis
xaencocephalus, N. chrosomus, Luxilus chrysocephalus, Cyprinella
trichroistia, C. venusta, C. callistia)
riffle minnow (Phenacobius catostomus, Casper caught one)
logperch, black sided ( many, many ) very possibly bronze darters, coosa
(Percina caprodes, P. nigrofasciata, P. palmaris, Etheostoma coosae).

Raccoon Creek, in Paulding County, off of Braswell Mountain Road:
We saw most of these to my knowledge except drum, probably only black
redhorse, and no bronze darters. In addition:
speckled darters (Eth. stigmaeum)

We left Raccoon Creek just as the local suburban stoners were showing up to
pitch camp and generally make the scene. I'm impressed, kids still wear Led
Zep t-shirts!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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