6/13 – Floatin’

It was Rachel’s birthday this last weekend, and we decided to go on a float trip to the Bass River Resort with some friends! Of course you float on water, and guess what else lives in water???

Blackspotted Topminnow
Blackspotted Topminnow

Blackspotted Topminnows were super aggressive and very prevalent here. It was hard to get the hook down to the shiners I was seeing. Ended up catching two shiners that were new lifers:

Bleeding Shiner - Notropis zonatus – Angling Species #38 / 2015 Species #37
Bleeding Shiner – Notropis zonatus – Angling Species #38 / 2015 Species #37
Striped Shiner - Luxilus chrysocephalus – Angling Species #37 / 2015 Species #36
Striped Shiner – Luxilus chrysocephalus – Angling Species #37 / 2015 Species #36

In this same area, we absolutely hammered longear and green sunfish. I also caught a fairly large bluegill, but I was in neck deep water, and didn’t have my camera or a way to hold onto it without putting it inside of my swim trunks.

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Once we actually got to floating, I ran some inline spinners and really small crankbaits (Rebel Crickhopper and 1/10th oz Rebel Crawfish). It was really amusing to see the fish running after them in the ultra-clear water. Even tiny shiners would chase after these lures that were twice their size. Overall, I caught two new lifers.

Rock Bass - Ambloplites rupestris – Angling Species #39 / 2015 Species #38
Rock Bass – Ambloplites rupestris – Angling Species #39 / 2015 Species #38
Smallmouth Bass - Micropterus dolomieu – Angling Species #40 / 2015 Species #39
Smallmouth Bass – Micropterus dolomieu – Angling Species #40 / 2015 Species #39

Overall, I was really thankful to get to go on this trip. It was Rachel’s birthday trip, and she was gracious enough to let me chase an admittedly silly obsession.

Plus, she’s letting me go up to the Mazon and Kankakee Rivers this week to chase some more fish! There are some good chances at Redhorse, bullheads, pickerel, pike, and sunfish that I don’t have as well as some hopefully clearer creeks. Lots of rain in the forecast, but I never really cared about that!

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