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Re: NFC: Missouri Collecting Trip

Im moving to Joplin...lets collect :)

On Fri, 15 Mar 2002 01:59:11 +0000 "K M" <tropheusof at hotmail_com> writes:
>      You know that sounds very official for what it really was.  
> There were 
> five of us, one dip net, one seine, and one white bucket.  It was a 
> party 
> bent on collecting some fish, even if I was the only one who knew 
> it.  As 
> usual my wife, and her two brothers (15 and 12) got roped into 
> going, and as 
> an extra benefit a friend of the youngest brother came along.
>      The stream of choice is a springfed stream about 2 miles from 
> the house 
> where it passes under a bridge on a dirt road.  It is a local 
> hangout for 
> the kids and on the weekends sees it fair shair of alcohol and 
> backseats.  
> It is a wonderful collection of small swift riffles and belly deep 
> pools.  
> When the kids aren't playing too rough up stream you can see all the 
> way to 
> the bottom, no matter where you look.  It flows through pasture land 
> and 
> light forests along most of its course, and believe it or not, felt 
> refreshingly cool today. (we hit 80 degrees here today)
>      When we got there it we were met by some of the younger local 
> boys who 
> just knew there weren't any fish in this stream.  It was a real 
> pleasure to 
> prove them wrong, and it was a great thrill to see them eyeball a 
> sculpin 
> and ask if it was really a fish.  The young boys weren't able to 
> stay long, 
> but they got to see some neat fish before they had to leave.
>      All in all, I thought today was one of our most successful 
> collecting 
> trips for the amount of time we spent collecting, about 45 minutes.  
> We 
> collected at least two species of shiner, my field identification of 
> shiners 
> is a lot rusty, so don't ask me which.  We collected southern 
> redbelly dace, 
> though no breeding colors were showing so it wasn't as exciting as 
> it could 
> have been.  We collected central stonerollers, many of them so fat 
> with eggs 
> I was afraid to remove them from the net.  We collected creek chubs, 
> both 
> the creek chubs and stonerollers were simply huge and came out of the 
> belly 
> deep pools.  We collected a couple sculpins, Ozark possibly, it has 
> been a 
> while since I have had to tell them apart and my "Fishes of 
> Missouri" is not 
> handy.  We collected three species of darter.  Rainbow darters were 
> nicely 
> in color for us, and I have collected them here before.  The females 
> were 
> almost all heavy with eggs.  We also managed to scoop up two fantail 
> darters 
> who were looking very nice in there sleek nondescript way.  I also 
> found one 
> darter that I am at a lose for a name on, possibly E. zonatum, but 
> again I 
> will need to get to my books for a positive ID.  Ahh, but you are 
> saying, 
> that isn't that big a deal, those are all relatively common fish. 
> Well, I 
> would be pleased to death to catch the fish I did any day, but there 
> was one 
> fish that made my day today.  While dragging a deeper pool with some 
> tree 
> roots in it, we came up with a very nice littler treasure.  At first 
> glance 
> in the net I thought we had brought up a particularly large 
> stoneroller, but 
> then it rolled onto its back, and I caught my breath. It was a white 
> sucker. 
>   My personal experience is that suckers just aren't caught in a net 
> like 
> that, so I was very suprised to find him there.  I don't know how 
> many times 
> I have seen northern hog suckers outswim and evade nets.  Wow, what 
> a 
> thrill!
>      Along the lines of nonfish finds we also saw spring peepers, 
> and many 
> nice invertebrates including crayfish, helgramites (not sure on the 
> spelling 
> there), mayfly larvae, caddisfly larvae, and a large water beetle.  
> I was 
> dissappointed in not seeing any snakes, but I can wait a couple 
> weeks to see 
> those still.
>      I couldn't wait to share this trip with all of you, and I hope 
> all of 
> you get the chance to have this trip of your own soon this spring.  
> If you 
> haven't already that is.  I would like to encourage all of you to 
> share 
> collecting trips with us all also.
> Kevin Mouser
> Stella, Mo.
> ps.  Did I mention that I slipped on a large flat rock and fell 
> during this 
> collection trip?  What is a collection trip without a good bath?
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