Fishing & Mushroom Hunting

We headed up to Cherokee Marsh yesterday, hoping to catch a big catfish or two.

Looking down the channel from the launch towards the main marsh

Looking down the channel from the launch towards the main marsh

The little Sea3horse survived winter.

The little Sea3horse survived winter. And the underbrush is finally just starting to green up.

We were out for a solid 4 hours, but sadly no cats. Mostly panfish seemed to be biting, and softly. Some other sort of fish were jumping, though, and clearing the water. Spawning probably. Maybe the sheepsheads or carp? We aren’t sure, we never got any of them to bite. Our solitary catch last night was a very nice sized crappie.


13 inch female crappie

13 inch female crappie


When we cleaned the fish, we saw she still hadn’t spawned yet. The walleyes went about a week ago, so the panfish spawn is probably a week or two out, once the water gets closer to 50F.

In addition to our first fishing trip, we got out and hung some more trail cameras on Saturday afternoon. We found some interesting new spots, so hopefully something cool turns up. While Matt hung cameras, I poked around looking for morels. I found mayapples and fern fiddleheads, which are supposed to come up just before the mushrooms do.

Not sure if these are the edible ostrich ferns or not.

Not sure if these are the edible ostrich ferns or not.

My dad’s been out picking for the last week down in Missouri, and he says they’re nearing the end of morel season with 80F temps on the way. He’s got over 20 pounds of the things, most of them in the process of dehydrating. I told him they sell for around $20 a pound. He’s contemplating driving up to my home area in the Illinois Valley, about 4 hours north of St Louis, to continue picking, and then up here to me. We’re supposed to get some temps in the 60s and 70s, but this time with nights above freezing. That plus the solid week of rain last week makes me think this week will be a good one for mushrooms. I hope so, I haven’t had morels in ages.


2 thoughts on “Fishing & Mushroom Hunting

  1. Sounds like an awesome weekend! You guys are way ahead of us on those fiddlehead ferns coming up. We pick them before they uncurl and fry them up in unrefined coconut oil to eat straight out of pan or garnish on salads. We are also slightly jealous of your dad’s morels. We have them around here, but they are hard to find unless you investigate a burned area, which doesn’t happen too much in rainy Seward. Someday, we’ll find a good morel spot!

    • They have the same sort of problem up north where Matt’s from- the higher number of pine trees acidifies the soil. Down here we tend to find them most around dead elm trees. Especially ones dead only a year or two. When I go hunting for them this year, it will be half memory, half learning process. I haven’t gone after them since I was probably 13.

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