Treebeard and I fished the Chowan River last Monday. We caught a nice variety of fish, but we didn't keep any of them. Several of the bluegill we caught were definitely big enough to keep though.
Something with a large mouth had hold of this bluegill at some point. Except for the nasty looking wounds, the fish seemed to be okay. Treebeard said it put up a fight when he caught it. I hope it heals up.
Around here this fish is known as a speckle or a speckled perch. Some of you may call it a black crappie.
Only one largemouth bass managed to be caught during our trip. Treebeard caught it. That was fine with me. I don't care much for bass.
Sometimes you see some odd things when you're fishing. This shellcracker, a.k.a. redear sunfish, had an unusual shape.
I thought this pumpkin seed that I caught was the prettiest fish of the day. The photo doesn't do justice to its colors.
My vote for least attractive fish of the day goes to this warmouth, a.k.a. chub robin or goggle eye. You can see where the goggle eye name comes from, I don't know how chub robin came about.
We caught several yellow perch. Raccoon perch is what folks around here call them.
We also caught a number of white perch. These are tasty fish :)
Last, but not least, here is the one robin that was caught. These are also called redbreast sunfish.
We had a nice day on the river. There were a few large power boats out, but the kayaks handled the wakes with grace.