We had a little bit of daylight left when we arrived in Charleston, so we fished the Embarras River for a bit. My first fish was a beautiful shorthead redhorse (or possibly and intergrade between shorthead and smallmouth redhorse). Ryan wanted one as well, but that ended up being the only one we caught. He focused on small sunfish hiding in the rocks by shore, and eventually caught his lifer orangespotted sunfish. The rest of our catches were juvenile channel cats and miscellaneous sunfish.
Shorthead Redhorse (Moxostoma macrolepidotum)
Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus)
Longear Sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)
I had fished with Michael and Ken at this spot just a few weeks earlier, so I was surprised to find that the micros we were catching were different. The sunfish had built nests to spawn on, and they were packed with shiners that were spawning as well or waiting to eat eggs laid by other fish. The male steelcolor shiners in particular were stunning with their spawning colors.
Spotfin Shiner (Cyprinella spiloptera)
It was incredibly hot when we arrived. The water level was low, and there were a lot of dead fish with arrow holes littering the bank. The smell was nauseating. We focused on the task at hand though. Ryan tried for spotted gar, and I used small sabiki hooks to try for gizzard shad. The spotted gar weren't cooperating, and neither were the gizzard shad (but come on, that was to be expected). Mostly I caught yellow bass and bluegill, but one surprise was a juvenile grass carp.
Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)
Yellow Bass (Morone mississippiensis)