This gleaming hungry guy was digging down through the crusted snow with his long strong toes in search of any leftover corn kernels from last fall. Winter food reserves are running low for wildlife now as the cold weather and deep snow cover continue into March.
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I couldn't believe my good luck today when I caught this gorgeous golden shiner! I wouldn't have been happier if I'd landed a trophy walleye or trout since I rarely catch these colorful little fish and they are found in only a few specialized running slough habitats around here. Surprisingly, there is an entire niche fishery centered around angling for tiny fish species like this. Called microfishing, folks who are interested in a unique fun outdoor challenge seek out and try to catch small fish that most other people ignore or don't even know exist. This one went back into the slough to make more golden shiners sometime this summer.
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