NANFA-- Another Sunday collecting

R. W. Wolff (
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 20:45:55 -0500

Today I actually tried someplace a bit different. Still in the marsh, but
instead of the northeast part, I was in the southeast part. I only stopped
at a couple sites on the same river, the Little Yellow. The little Yellow is
a small river that flows from the west in Juneau county and drains into Lake
Castle Rock . Its mostly shallow, a few feet deep with moderate flow. Sand
bottom is the norm, though mucky areas and backwaters are around. The water
ranges from orange juice looking to clear. Hornwort and giant pond weed (
cabbage) was the most common plants. I hit two spots, the HWY 80 crossing,
which was a bust and the flowers blooming attracting hordes of bees was not
too inviting. The other spot was on HWY 58 a few miles east. Here I dipped
around a the main channel and some backwater areas. I was hoping to catch
some blackchin shiners, which this spring proved very hard to catch, though
every other time they were very common. Those were not to be found, but here
is what I did catch:
Pirate Perch
Tadpole madtom
Central Mudminnow
Iowa darter
rusty crawfish
giant fishing bug
diving beetles
couple dragon fly larvae types
Not much, but such a wonderful day. Hazy sun and temps almost to 80, which
with the way things had been going I thought we would not see until next
year. I wanted to try my luck warmouth fishing and some more collecting in
Lake Necedah, which is part of the Yellow River, but the banks were lined
with people who had gotten there first. I lastly stopped at Cranberry Creek
on the way home, did a little fishing, only to catch one nice bullgill. I
then was going to try netting there, caught a baby largemouth bass and then
got side tracked. Was hoping to see what kind of darters were around, maybe
next time.

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