Some of the fish I’ve caught in 2012.
According to my records, I’ve hooked and landed almost 30 species this year, 9 of which are new additions to my lifelist (sauger, longnose gar, mooneye, silver carp, silver redhorse, yellow bullhead, bowfin, lake trout and warmouth). I also hooked and lost a shovelnose sturgeon that still haunts me (it would have been lifer #10).
During the roughfish.com June species contest I caught 27 species (more than doubling my previous best), including 8 lifers. Even better: my daughter (5 years old) caught 8 species and won the kids’ division of the contest, becoming addicted to fishing in the process.
It’s been a good year, despite an incredibly damaging drought, an unpleasant heat wave, and way too much to do. As the drought lifts and the weather and water cool, I hope to add a lot more fish to my log in 2012. Here are a few of what I’ve enjoyed so far. (Click on any picture and a viewer will pop up.)