Day 18 and the topic is Fish.
Happy Friday to all, today I will focus on the species of fish that are sought after in the rivers that I fish.
First up is the Largemouth bass. Aside from some of the trash fish that are found in the local flows, this has to be one of the most sought out fish around these parts. They can be found in lakes, rivers, and stock tanks.
Next up is the Hybrid bass, it is a cross between species of bass to be found in the local rivers. These fish enjoy more current and pound for pound have to be one of the hardest fighting fish around here.
One of the prized fish to catch out of the local river is the Smallmouth bass, they have been crossbred and are one the hardest fish to target. It's usually luck when you come across some and they are usually in the heaviest current breaks. One of the nicest looking fish in the river for me.
The true prize on the river is the Guadalupe bass, a pure strain is a rare find now days but they are still there. They are found in very few rivers in Texas but are common in my home river. Not growing to a large size but a lot of fun on a 0-2wt fly rod.
The easiest fish to catch around here is the Sunfish, while they come in many different species they all have the same attitude. Something just fell in the water and i'm going to eat it. I can't tell you how many times i've had to go to a larger fly just to keep them off the hook, does'nt work all the time though.
Another surprise fish that you come across occasionally is the Rio. When you hook one of these your first thought is of a nice bass. A very strong fighter and eager to devour a fly.
This fish, the Rainbow trout is the icing on the cake. I don't have to travel outside of the state to catch one. I can actually find them 15 minutes from the house. While they are not native, they do survive because of the cold water in the Guadalupe river. Stocked each fall and winter by the local chapter of Trout Unlimited as well as the state makes it nice that you can stay close to home and catch them.
While these fish are not all of the species found in the rivers that I fish, they are what I target and enjoy catching the most.
Thank's for following along and hope to see you on the river some day.