Hi All. I have a question for anyone familiar with the Little Portage River Wildlife Area.
I've been living in Colorado for the past 22 years and recently moved to Port Clinton. I grew up fishing in Michigan so I'm pretty familiar with the typical freshwater species. I was exploring the area today and took a drive through the Little Portage Wildlife Area.
As I was walking on the banks of a couple of the shallow ponds right off the road, I was surprised to notice some fish rising. These ponds were so shallow that I figured that they iced out and didn't contain fish. When I saw some fish rising, I figured they might have been some small bluegill or minnows etc.
As I got closer, I noticed some HUGE fish in those ponds, the smallest was around 25" - 30". The fish were top water feeding at around 2:00pm. The fish in question did not look like carp, bullhead, catfish or bass. The one I saw up close and personal sure looked allot like a bowfin but I just don't know. I'm unfamiliar with some of the "scavenger" fish around here. I did catch a sheephead and small shad since I've lived here so I know what those look like. I had a pole with me and tried to catch something out of there using worms, spoons, poppers, flies etc etc with no hits whatsoever. Does anyone know what the fish in these ponds were?
On another note, where the river goes under the road, there were also what looked to me like wiper (are they called stripped bass here?) feeding and completely jumping out of the water. They were also massive and even bigger than the fish in the ponds. I also tried my luck there to no avail.
If anyone can educate me on what I saw today I would really appreciate it. Thanks and have a great night!
[This post was last edited on 4/23/14 at 7:22 AM]