NANFA-- nasty weather and collecting

R. W. Wolff (
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 23:47:16 -0600

> well as the information value of posts such as Ray Wolff's on his latest
> collecting trips; what kind of habitat he was in, water & weather
> fish & or critters he saw or collected, etc. That, inspite of the fact
> his little slice of utopia nearly always seems better than mine

Maybe usually, but right now it is pure h*ll. We have around 10 inches of
snow on the ground, and temps way below normal. It has only been above
freezing once in the past month that I can remember. We also have only seen
the sun for probably 6 days in the past month and a half. Out of 20 days
this month, 13 of those had a measurable snow fall. I hope we are getting
the worst of winter out of the way early, then the rest of the season can be
mild and sunny. Checking my Journals I notice we catch young burbot
starting in early January. This is also a good time of year in the same
habitats to get trout perch ( havent seen them in a couple years though)
fantail and banded darters, and spotfin shiners. In the marsh this is also
a good time to catch mudminnows , northern redbelly , finescale , prear
daces, stickle backs, iowa darters , yellow perch , tadpole madtoms, pirate
perch, and pumpkinseeds. If it ever gets near 40 degrees in the next couple
weeks I will surely be found on the water somewhere, cabin fever this early
in winter is too much to handle. I may have to break down and bundle up and
brave the cold to cure the blues.


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