It was a pretty nice day out today, so after work yesterday I decided to hit the water again in search of perch. Arriving to the spot (the same one as last weekend), this is what presented:
The perfect perch rock fishing spot almost submerged!
Jamie and I fished at the bottom of a waterfall, and saw more perch than ever but couldn’t get any decent-sized bites. At first I didn’t recognize this fish due to the dark colour:
A rock bass. My first time seeing such a dark one. I read about rock bass afterwards and discovered they can rapidly change colour to match their surroundings.
We were the only humans there, but not the only ones fishing:
A blue heron waiting for his next victim.
I am not sure on the ID of this bird.. but there were many of them flying overhead.
A seagull devouring a perch.
A beaver that swam close by the entire time.
The most perch I’ve EVER seen!! I had to exaggerate the colour a bit so the fish could be visible. They were somehow holding in a corner below a mill through a really strong current. Can you see that monster-sized one? I wish I could catch her!! I think next time I may use worms.. these fish have seen it all! Real bait may be the only trick.
We left just in time avoiding a heavy downpour! We definitely need some rain though.
Have a great weekend!
I thought that was a Rock Bass but wasn't sure until you confirmed it. Never seen one colored like that.
I was really thrown off by it at first!! Neat little guy. 🙂
What a fun post…you always have awesome photos too! I must be living under a rock…I had never seen a rock bass until now. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks a lot!! I am trying to shine a light on many different species this year, especially fish that I have never really gone after. I hope to show lots more soon!
Thanks for reading!
NICE pictue of the perch – I've never seen them so visible – usually they're a little deeper. Cool colors on the rock bass, too.
Can't be certain but the bird looks like it might be a turkey vulture
Thanks Joe!! I was so shocked by the perch.
The bird had some red near the top of the beak or above. I think you are right!!
What were those perch doing? Maybe spawning?
that's a turkey vulture for sure Ash.
I am jealous of how much wildlife you are around on a daily basis while I'm busy dodging scruffy people pushing shopping carts while they beg for change and curse at the world.
If I make it to Ontario this summer, take me fishing!