NANFA-- Collecting in W.Va.
Mon, 31 Jul 2000 12:03:35 EDT

I just got back from a spur of the moment trip to see some of my family in
West Virginia. I was able to do some great collecting in Turkey Fork Creek
and in the head waters of the Poca River. We caught saugers, musky, spotted
bass, crappie, pumpkinseeds, and bluegill all of which went quickly back into
the river. We also caught shiners, creek chubs, stonerollers, four different
darters, log perches as well as one other species of very large darter almost
eight inches long! Four different species of suckers were caught, one small
specimen of white sucker as well as a very interesting species of sucker that
was very cryptically colored, being completely invisible in the riffles where
it spent all it's time. It most closely resembled a hogsucker but the
coloration was unique from any I had seen before. Unfortunately no madtoms or
other catfish were seen or caught despite a considerable amount of seining in
habitats that looked ideal for madtoms. I attempted to bring back some of the
cryptic hogsuckers but they died in transient.


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