Seeing the original blog on favorite fish to catch, a few more colleagues sent in their picks:
Nathan Renick, refuge forester at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, said he and his son “enjoy chasing largemouth bass for the challenge and excitement. We always come away with great memories of the trip, along with quality time spent with friends and family.”
Caroline Peterschmidt, the hatchery manager at Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery in Oregon, recalled a favorite fishing memory: “When my siblings and I were kids, Dad would take us fishing in Puget Sound and Hood Canal for blackmouth and sea run cutthroat and coho [types of salmon]. When we caught something, we'd carefully trace it out on a flattened out brown paper bag, write down the pertinent information, and it would get glued to the trophy wall in the garage. When we'd all grown and moved out, the folks sold that big house and one of the bittersweet things was having to leave that trophy wall behind. I remember not being all that interested in the fish, but more about hanging over the side of that little aluminum boat and being fascinated watching the bottom flow past as we trolled for cutthroat just offshore. Seaweed, starfish, colored rocks, mysterious shadows and strange life forms of another world. I also remember not really wanting to touch those icky slimy fish or help clean them. And look what I do now ... I'm sure Dad laughed about that more than once.”
Andrew Mueller, a grants management specialist with our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, said: “Here in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, it is difficult to pick just one species to consider your ‘favorite’" but I guess I would consider the iconic striped bass, aka striper, aka rockfish. Here is my personal best (45" and 30lbs), caught from the rocks at Indian River Inlet in Delaware on a 7' two-piece ugly stick and 6" swim shad lure (on my 32nd birthday nonetheless!).”
Kathryn Jahn, the Department of the Interior case manager for the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), sent this photo of lake trout (second from left) and others from Owasco Lake. She wrote: “Lake trout are native to New York State waters, and found throughout the Finger Lakes (of which Owasco Lake is one). We troll for them, sometimes using downriggers, from our boat. They are fabulous as smoked fish.”
While saying it isn’t his favorite, Jason Goldberg in our Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species sent in a photo with an invasive bighead carp from a Carp Corral in Illinois, catching invasive carp. "One of the more surreal experiences I've had, electrofishing for carp and watching them jump." Silver carp, a type of Asian carp, are sensitive to the electrical currents, so they may jump out of the water. They are also responding to the sound/vibration of the boat motor. Recreational boaters will elicit the same reaction in silver carp without having electrofishing gear in the water.
And speaking of invasives, Mueller included a picture of the northern snakehead, which, according to Andrew, tastes great.