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