I'm turning 40 tomorrow. I figure, I'm not going to get better at anything athletically, but I still want to have some goals in life. I like fishing, but I don't get out there as much as I'd like. To motivate myself and to keep it interesting, I decided to set a goal of catching 50 different species of fish here in my home state of Wisconsin. And to add to the difficulty, I have to catch each as I'm filming it. I'm going to post each video to this thread, and I'm also going to need help as I go. Any tips on how to catch different species of fish would be greatly appreciated. Here's the first fish I caught on video, the Bigmouth Buffalo by the Hustisford Dam.
Quest to catch 50 different fish species in Wisconsin
I was told cutbait (whitefish or cisco) was good for burbot. Anyone know where I can find some? I tried to catch some burbot this weekend and failed.
Thanks Bluegrouse for the id chart, and One Shot One Kill, I'm up to 44. I'm heading out tomorrow morning for a chance at 45. I don't really think I have a good shot at it (burbot in MKE) but I'm heading down that way anyway tomorrow morning, so I'll be fishing by the lighthouse for a few hours in the morning.
I have been following your journey a bit . Whats the count number at ?
Tiefsa,Thanks for the vid, I attached a pic of a very good redhorse ID chart hope it helps. You can also google redhorse id and view the pics on your phone. Your fish had no color in the tail and had a concave dorsal fin but I could not see the lips, so my guess is: Golden redhorse. A good rule of thumb is no color in the tai then color in the name and vice versa. Good luck and keep the post coming.
Tried to catch a greater redhorse in the Milwaukee River.
Wasn't that kid great, though! I guess now I have to try above the dam!
Agreed, that kid was very polite, helpful and genuinely excited to be part of you catching that fish. Great stuff!
I’ve fished that spot many times when I lived in Grafton, never heard of a king getting up that far. The Milwaukee must be high? Oh, and I agree with you that below the dam is usually better fishing, but just above the dam where those people were is actually a productive smallie spot too (must be some sort of structure there).
that was a cool story/video... the kid was awesome, so genuine! ...I appreciated your concern for his safety and that you included him in. Probably a memory for him for life... cool beans!
Not a new species, but a big surprise catch for me. I caught my first king salmon from shore. I was fishing for smallmouth bass in the Milwaukee River by the dam in Grafton and hooked into a nice king salmon. I thought I snagged a carp (it felt way too big to be a smallmouth), but then I got it in and saw I caught a nice King!
I'm looking to try for shovelnose sturgeon or smallmouth buffalo maybe next weekend in the Wisconsin River.
Awesome video man!!!!!! I want to go sturgeon fishing with ya sometime. I’ve never did that and it looks amazing. Great job Tiefsa!!!