2009-06-23_MississippiRiver

 

The Mississippi River at Prairie Island Spillway, Winona, Minnesota.

The Mississippi River at Prairie Island Spillway, Winona, Minnesota.

Today I began my hunt for Hexagenia Limbata mayflies on the Mississippi River.  I have reports that the hatch has begun in the northern reaches of the river nearer to Brainerd.

 

Mayfly hatches typically begin upstream and hatch in succession down the river like falling dominos.

I have a control site at Prairie Island, Winona, Minnesota, where I have been finding mayflies over the last five seasons.  Tonight my annual hunt started here.  I found no mayflies however found the opportunity to discuss wonton waste laws with teenage anglers catching spawning Drum and throwing them on the bank.

I asked the fellow what was the deal and he said that you are not suppose to throw Sheepshead back into the river.  I asked him why of which he had no answer.  I took the time to explain to him that in order for him and his buddies to be able to return to this spot and expect to catch fish that they all need to be let go.  He threw the fish back and thanked me for not calling the game warden.