We woke up the next day in the town of Blackfoot and ventured north to Barney Hot Springs. Matt has brought several of our mutual friends to this spot in the past. Despite its remoteness, the drive is worthwhile because you can catch an interesting variety of tropical aquarium fish such as Mozambique tilapia, convict cichlid, zebra mbuna, and green swordtail.
However, Matt was dismayed when we pulled up to the spring-fed pond and saw that it was murky brown and choked with algae. He said the water should be clear and blue, so something must be wrong. We walked around the pond trying to understand what had happened. There were a few signs of life, so we got out our microfishing gear to see if we could still catch something.
Goldfish (Carassius auratus)
There was nothing we could do but continue on our journey. We headed west, discussing other fishing opportunities in Idaho such as grayling up in the mountains. The scenery was great, and there was lots of wildlife to stop and see such as this willet standing on a fence post.
Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
Redside Shiner (Richardsonius balteatus) - new hook & line species #554
Wood River Sculpin (Cottus leiopomus)
Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
It was a tough day being in a new state and getting only one new species on the second day. However, I think Matt and I both learned a lot, and we have some ideas of what to do differently next time.