Micro Fishing Southern Missouri

Written by Ben Cantrell

In the first week of September last year, I had the chance to drive through southern Missouri on my way to and from Oklahoma. This was a new area for me, so I didn’t make any concrete goals, but I put together a list of fish to look for. Shadow bass, Ozark bass, northern studfish, blackspotted topminnow, Ozark sculpin, banded sculpin and bleeding shiner were a few that I was hoping to come across.  I wasn’t successful with the bass, but for a microfishing trip it was quite productive!

I’ve experience rain on fishing trips before, but this was the first time experiencing a hurricane, or at least what was left of it.  Isaac had hit the gulf coast a few days earlier, and unfortunately the storm passed through southern Missouri at exactly the same time I was driving through.

Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac

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Micro Fishing Indiana

Portland Arches Park near Covington, Indiana micro fishing

Portland Arches Park near Covington, Indiana

Written by Miciah McNelius

Indiana is similar to many other central plain states of the Midwest that feed into the Mississippi River basin; most of the state is flat corn and soy farmland but also has upland habitat in the southern half of the state, similar to Kentucky. Species diversity is extremely high in Indiana because its water drainages are split between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins. Continue reading

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Micro Fishing Georgia and Alabama

by Bryce Hallock

During mid August 2012, my friend, Miciah and I took a long weekend to micro fish northern and central Georgia in the Chattahoochee and Mobile river basins.  The goal of this trip was to photograph new species micro fish using a photo-tank we had recently constructed.

photographing micro fish using a tank

Micro fishing photography using a tank

The photo-tank we built used a “V” shaped chamber with supportive side panels.  We found that angling the glass helped to reduce reflections from the photographer or other bright objects outside the tank.  A circular polarized lens filter can also prevent reflection but is not necessary.   Most of the following photographs are not polarized. Continue reading

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Micro Fish of the Ozarks

written by Todd M. (Doc Flathead)

Last year in early August, my friend Alex and I decided to go on an all out micro round-up down in southern Illinois and south central Missouri, mainly to target  Ozark area streams.  Illinois, the starting point of the trip, proved to be a challenge.  Most water in this region was stained and murky, or looked like the local dumping grounds.  Not good sight fishing, which is very helpful when chasing the micros.  We did catch some cool stuff including some nicely colored Orangespotted Sunfish, Western Mosquitofish, and a new lifer for Alex, the Gizzard Shad, caught on a size 26 hook and a wad of scum that was growing on the rocks.

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Orangespotted Sunfish (Lepomis humilis)

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Micro Fishing in Southern Florida

written by Miciah McNelius

This past December I had the opportunity to fish in southern Florida.  On my previous trip to Florida I was short on time and could not pursue many of the micros in the Keys and Everglades.  This time I unfortunately forgot my most important piece micro tackle; a 16 foot stiff extendible crappie pole so I had make do my 6 foot bass rod.  This was a big disadvantage since Florida is full of wading birds and many of the micros were very skittish when I approached the water.

Female Green Swordtail caught using micro fishing tactics

Female Green Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii) caught downtown Ruskins Florida

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