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Native South Western Ohio fish

I went fishing today and caught some natives with a net.. I'm still trying to catch the bigger fish like pike, muskies, bass etc.. I'll be adding to this thread as I go.

Location: Little Miami River, Cincinnati, Ohio

The River at its deepest is waist-chest deep.

One of its tributary


And I caught these.

Not exactly sure what this is.. There are lots of shiners, chuds, minnows that look the same. I'm going to guess and say BluntNose Minnow (Pimephales notatus)


Johnny Darter (Etheostoma nigrum)
Still trying to find the more colorful darters like peacock.

And a toad

FOWLER'S TOAD
Bufo woodhousii fowleri


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I found a few new species... No luck on the colorful darters though.. I should try rivers closer to Indiana.

These guys are bottom feeders I believe.. The position of the mouth gives it away.

Central Stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum)

This guy looks like a horse face.

Silverjaw Minnow (Notropis buccata)

I was surprised to find this guy

Easten Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)

Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi). It's about an inch & a half long.



And tomatoes growing wild.. I had to give it a taste. It was alright.. I expected it to taste better like out of my garden.


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Ok.. I think this is the last batch.. Right after school, I quickly drove by and dove into the river. It was warm and I know the cold will be here soon (tomorrow).

No Fish this time but I hit a batch of marshy area with plenty of lovely aquatic plants... A lot of it is unidentified. If you know what they are, let me know.

I had to walk through this to share these photos with you guys.


Yes, I'm IN the river for this shot. Anything for art & science.



A cool shot





Ok.. Now for the meat of it.

Ludwigia palustris
marsh seedbox, water purslane


Eleocharis montevidensis
Giant Hair Grass


1. Unidentified


2. Unidentified


3. Unidentified


4. Unidentified


5. Unidentified


6. Unidentified


7. Water Willow (Justicia americana)


7. Water Willow (Justicia americana)


7. Water Willow (Justicia americana)


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I'm in Springboro, OH and we have rainbow darters in the creek behind our house (Clear Creek). They aren't as common as Johnny Darters though and prefer the shallow (5 inches deep) fast moving areas of the creek where the water trickles over medium sized rocks into the bigger sections.

Unidentified 1 is Arrow Arum, 6 is a young Cat tail, and 7abc all look like Water Willow


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Thanks for the ID. yeah, darters seem to live in streams more than rivers.


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Cool shots and good memories for me.

I used to canoe/float tube the Little Miami quite often when I was younger. I worked at a golf course that banked the river when I was a teen as well.

I agree on the rainbow darters usually being found in mostly creeks and streams.
I had them in my tanks now and then when I was a kid first getting into aquariums and raiding the local waters for free fish...lol


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wow--this is awesome.

Only dead fish swim with the stream.


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Neat! I have done some wild fish collecting in NC. Some of the prettier fish live in smaller rocky streams. The Darters also have breeding colors so they may already be out of their colors. I think Darters spawn in the spring. Gook luck and keep posting!


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