“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.“ – Matthew 4:19
Picture this…it is a gorgeous day; the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the water is calm, and the fish are ready to bite. I can almost smell the minnows and nightcrawlers, can’t you? Riverside Resort is located on the Horseshoe Chain of lakes and it is a great spot to go fishing. Because there are so many different depths, people catch all types of fish, however, there are 6 that we see most often.
Did you know that these little guys are in the fish family called “Centrarchidaes”? Say that 5 times fast! 🙂 These “panfish” or “sunnies” are great for just catching and throwing back. If you do catch a bunch of larger ones, however, you can easily enjoy a nice fish fry. These are the perfect fish to catch with children, because they are easy to handle and quick to bite your bait!
Also in the Centrarchidaes family, Crappies are said to be one of the best tasting freshwater fish around. The best time to catch these fish are during spawning season, which is spring and early summer. Minnows and small jigs seem to attract these fish like moths to a flame. For more information and tips about Crappie click here.
Walleye have excellent visual acuity when there is little light. Because of this, they are most active during dawn, dusk, and on overcast days. During the spring they will take almost any bait, but then they start getting more picky during the summer months. Once autumn rolls around, they once again, become easier to catch.
4. Northern Pike
Did you know that the largest Northern Pike ever caught was 58 inches long and weighed 68 pounds? That’s bigger than my 7 year old! I am guessing this fish was a female because they are just naturally bigger than the males. If the one you catch is not that big, do not be discouraged. According to “American Expedition”, the average Northern Pike is 3-7 pounds and 24-30 inches long.
Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass are the most popular game fish in North America. Although they are very popular to catch, cooking them is considered to be a “fine art” that not all possess. When cooked correctly they are delectable, but if not, they could taste pretty “fishy” (not in a good way).
Well, hey there good lookin’! I think there is a reason not many people choose to have these around as pets. We get excited when we catch them, but they are not so great to cuddle with. Catfish are typically “bottom feeders”, so if you are looking to catch one of these guys you will have to make sure your lure is pretty deep.