10 months and 6 days ago I set out for my first ever attempt at microfishing. It was the the day I first began tracking my fishing species lifelist.
The target on that day was sticklebacks and I had returned empty-handed.
Through the summer and the fall I continued to pursue my first ever microfishing target: the brook stickleback. Hours were spent hunched over and still, watching one or two swim past my hooks.
Fast forward to now. Picking my car up from the mechanic I decided to have a look at the small streams in the area.
I connected with some blacknose dace:
Things were looking up, but that’s about all I could find! Blacknose dace everywhere and one odd common shiner.
I reached an impasse in the stream and, on my way around it, I noticed a still pool of water that had been filled by previously high water levels.
There were some fish in there, so I decided to give this new habitat a try.
Most were spooked away from me, and I could see more of the ever-present blacknose dace swimming about. I decided to try poking the worm under the log by my feet. It looked like a likely hiding spot for small fish.
And this little guy popped out to bite my hook:
Followed by his partner:
New species for me, the Brook stickleback! A “long time” nemesis and my first ever micro-fishing target has been accomplished.