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Mark Dahlquist  
#1 Posted : Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:41:19 PM(UTC)
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Headed down to Minnehaha this morning. First I fished the mouth and caught one tiny cat on a worm. Then I worked my way up from the mouth. First cast in slack water I caught a ~20" cat on a worm. I landed him but as he shook off the hook he rolled down the hill and back into the creek. I fished upstream a bit, then out of worms circled back to the spot where I caught the 20" and threw out a 1 oz lead, a #2 hook, and a 3" chunk of sucker tail. The minute the bait started drifting I was getting bites and I set my baitfeeder to let him run with it a little. Landed this guy, who back at home did in fact measure 20." Could have even caught the same fish again?

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Love the blue colors.

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Fishing a while longer I had a family of three river otters swim down the creek past me. Very playful and sneaking up on me then poking their head out to take a look at me but only brief before they would dive down and pop their head back. I got this shot on my iPhone.

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By the time I walked out at 9am the sun was bright and there was a nice rainbow effect coming from the mist of the waterfalls. A handful of folks asked me about my one keeper cat. Tasted delicious by the way. I'll eat it over trout any day of the week.

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shebs  
#2 Posted : Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:58:23 PM(UTC)
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It's great to see river otters in the city! I thought they had been extirpated but good to know they're making a comeback.
Nice cat too :D
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HuggyBear  
#3 Posted : Sunday, July 13, 2014 3:22:03 PM(UTC)
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If the Hindu religion is right, I want to come back as a river otter. At least once. Thats gotta be the life.
Mark Dahlquist  
#4 Posted : Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:48:52 PM(UTC)
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Yeah they were a real highlight of the morning. So curious. I'd like to join Emmet Otter's Jugband.

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ozzyky  
#5 Posted : Sunday, July 13, 2014 6:41:46 PM(UTC)
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. I was hesitant to try channel cats a few years ago but the smaller channels are mighty tasty. Nice pic of the falls
FryinPanDan  
#6 Posted : Monday, July 14, 2014 6:20:53 AM(UTC)
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It's been TOO long since I've had fresh cat fish.

Any tips on preparation Mark?
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TreArrow  
#7 Posted : Monday, July 14, 2014 7:01:40 AM(UTC)
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I fished Minnehaha as well yesterday because Pierce county sounded like a total blow out. No cats but caught some 5+ lb carp and a few nice sheepies. Can't beat the action or the variety, I think I caught 7 species of fish and maybe 20lbs of fish in 3 hours.
Mark Dahlquist  
#8 Posted : Monday, July 14, 2014 12:02:36 PM(UTC)
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Cool. What time did you come down to fish? I was first one there. What seven species did you catch?

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TreArrow  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:44:58 AM(UTC)
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1-4pm. Carp, Smallmouth, Northern, Blue gill, Drum, Shorthead Redhorse, Shiner.
William Schlafer  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:15:36 AM(UTC)
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Cool report Mark! Those blue cats are neat looking. Does their color always stay that bright, or is it a seasonal thing.


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