Fishing for The Big Catch

It was a beautiful Friday morning for fishing below the dam at Griggs. Early showers gave way to a clear blue sky even before the sun rose above the trees on the eastern bank.

A Kingfisher flew along the tree line looking for a better perch from which to stage his next ambush of an unsuspecting fish. Not far away a Great Blue Heron watched as I paddled up the river. An Osprey called in the distance.





Unlike many days this spring and summer, today the water ran clear so extra caution was required not to spook the fish with my 14 foot canoe. A few casts produced the first of what would be four Smallmouth Bass. None were real big but they all were fun to catch and  a challenge on my ultra-light equipment.


Smallmouth Bass



Our outdoor trips in central Ohio are often punctuated with a certain amount of trash pickup as we look for wildlife, insects and interesting plants and flowers. This trip was no exception but called for a return trip to the river later that day for what would prove to be my biggest catch. My wife was gracious enough to indulge me and photograph the event.

Bob Picking up tire (2)

The Big Catch

Bob coming back with tire

Too heavy to lift but thankfully it floats!

Bob almost back

Out of the river!

Unlike the Smallmouth Bass this was one catch that wasn’t returned to the river!

The Beauty of Nature Next Door

I’ve always amazed myself by how I react to a beautiful scene if I’ve driven 1000 miles versus just a couple of miles near home. Why we humans have a harder time getting excited about things close at hand versus far away is probably due to a number a factors not the least of which is the emotional investment of a long journey. Nonetheless a few years back I decided to make a concerted effort to appreciate natural beauty close to home. What better place to begin this adventure than Griggs Reservoir less than two miles from our house and within the city limits of Columbus.  Below is a celebration of that beauty.

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Great Egret, Griggs


North of Hayden Run, Griggs


False channel, north end of Griggs


Ironweed, Griggs


Joe-Pye Weed, Griggs


Indigo Bunting, Griggs


Fragile Forktail Damselfly, Griggs


Great Egret hunting, Griggs

island - Griggs

Wood Duck Island, Griggs

morning mist - Griggs

Morning Mist, Griggs

wildlife habitat - Griggs

Wildlife Habitat, Griggs

Damsel Fly Pairs 080513 Griggs

Damselfly Pairs, Griggs DMP


Painted Turtle, Griggs


Fallen Tree, Griggs


Swamp Rose-Mallow, Griggs


Button Bush, Griggs


Kingfisher, Griggs


Canoe, Griggs

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Windfall, Griggs


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