Whoops. Guess I should have read your initial post before I voted, Dan. I voted "6-10," ticking off LM bass, SM bass, white bass, stripers, brown trout, rainbows, brooks, splake, tiger, and cutts. But according to your qualifier, I guess I'm down to two (bass and trout), unless you count the bluegill I've caught while trying to catch bass. Oh, and two minnows, and one very stubborn crawdad.
"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark
Trout or salmon will probably finish out my life, well maybe a few pike too and yeah some walleye. But without a doubt I am thru with bass fishing, well perhaps on a fly rod and that's all...period. Would like to catch a few more grayling and at least one bull trout.
Location: Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border
Re: How many kind of fish do you target?
Originally Posted by caseywise
i was wondering if i could find these guys here in the chicagoland area?
if so, what kind of gear might i use? im assuming a 4 or 5 weight rod would suffice.
and what about fly selection?
I looked and they have them listed as an Illinois species, but they have no state record for them. That may just mean nobody has tried to turn one in for the record. A 4 or 5 wt is plenty big enough for them. The best flies I have found are small white may fly imitations. We have hatches of them all summer long. You can watch them pick them off the surface as they drift down the river. I'm sure you can find a similar type thing there if you have mooneye. Try calling your local fisheries office and ask them where the nearest river is with Mooneye. Here are some of the flies that work for me.
I've been fishing since I'm a little boy, 5 years ago I decided to go back and recatch every type of fish again, but on a fly rod (minus the offshore and deep sea fish). So far I have:
Bass- LM, SM
Trout, Brown and Rainbow
If it swims it's a target. It's alot of fun catching multiple species and everyone of them has something to offer. Never upset when fishing smallies with a leech and a big carp latches on .
Can't count how many times bluegills saved a largemouth trip or cocktail blues filled in for a lack of stripers.
Sometimes I even target the oddballs just because they offer a new challenge. And man some of them are tough to get to take a fly but when you figure it out very satisfying !
"I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
"There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
" It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
"Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser
I somehow missed this poll when it was first posted. I fish trout and salmon and the odd time my best friend will twist my arm to go after bass and pickerel with him. He fishes them with hardware but I refuse to stoop to that
Nope, not cheating. You target other fish 'every year'.
I put 6 - 10 because Largemouth and Smallmouth are 1 kind, Crappie, Bluegill, pumpkinseed, Rock Bass and other assorted panfish are another kind for 2, Walleye and Sauger for 3, Pike and Musky for 4, Mooneye for 5, and Trout from the North Shore of Superior everytime I get down there for 6 etc. I didn't count everyone I have ever gone after because I don't live on the East Coast anymore and therefore can't fish for Bluefish for example. In fact I only got to fish for those while I was going to Sub School in Groton, CT. I only counted the ones I can do regularly now. 7 types and 16 species if I include Sturgeon which I only recently figured out how to do with a fly rod and am still refining the method. It's been a 'gear' type fish up till now, but I plan to change that thinking.
So far you guys are way more open to multiple species than the locals here.
Dan sturgeon is amazing please do tell how you catch them. also i fish for largemouth grass carp and sea trout.