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Mike Watson: Some Old Fish Tales

Fish tales from pages of Adair County News from over century past

By Mike Watson
Adair County historian

There are not many of us hardy enough to hit the creek banks this time of year, lest we head south and warmer climes. The following bits and pieces on fish and fishermen were gathered for a hard-winter-day's reading.''

These were "Dynamited, seined and dip-netted" from the files of the Adair County News!


38 fish averaged 14" each
"Mr. Waller Morrison a few mornings ago was walking down the creek on ice and he noticed quite a lot of nice fish. He was the recipient of 38 only, and they averaged 14 inches." - Adair County News, 17 January 1900, Gradyville letter

Hundreds of fine fish caught at I.C. Harmon's spring
"Parties who live on the river state that hundreds of very fine fish were caught this season as they came out of Mr. I.C. Harmon's spring." - Adair County News, 11 April 1900.

I.C. Harmons spring continued to provide fine catches
"We understand that Mr. I.C. Harmon has caught a great man[y] nice fish out of his spring this season. The spring is on the bank of Green River and during the winter fish enter, coming out in the spring. Hundreds are frequently caught in a night." Adair County News, 17 April 1901

R.H. Price catches 12 pound catfish
"Mr. R. H. Price caught a cat fish last Friday night which measured 2 feet in length and weighed 12 pounds. This is the largest fish that has been caught near town this season. It is believed by fishermen that Russell's Creek is well supplied with bass, and much good sport is anticipated." Adair County News, 2 May 1900

J.B. Barbee killed 10 lb. carp with his gun
"Mr. J.B. Barbee went fishing with his gun last Monday afternoon, and had the luck to kill a carp which weighed 10 pounds." Adair County News, 16 May 1900

Bartlett Hood group gigged 7 big German Carp
"Last Thursday Bartlett Hood and other, composing a crowd of five or six, killed with gigs in Russell Creek, seven German Carp that weighed 65 pounds. There are large fish in Russell Creek but it takes fishermen to get them." Adair County News, 27 February 1901

Murray-Burbridge team takes 13 pounder
"Alvin Murray, with John Burbridge...were successful fishers last Saturday. They killed five large fish. The heaviest weighed 13 pounds..." Adair County News, 6 March 1901

William Orr takes two 10 lb. fish from Russell Creek
"Mr. William Orr, a good farmer living on Russell Creek, caught two fish out of Russell Creek that weighed ten pounds each and measured three feet in length. Mr. Orr says they were of a peculiar kind, no one was able to five them a name. The meat was of a good quality." Adair County News, 3 April 1901

Some carp in Russell Creek 3 feet longBR> "It is said by fishermen that the great majority of fish in Russell Creek, between the two mills, are carp. A great many two and three feet long have been caught this spring. Several have been seen that will weigh, it is believed, fifty and sixty pounds..." Adair County News, 15 May 1901

100 fish seen through ice taken by gigsBR> "Mr. W.B. Henderson was in our town a few days ago and informed us of the successful fishing that R.L. and J.H. Caldwell and himself had a few days ago in Russell Creek, near Portland. The fish were killed by a gig and seen through the ice. Something over one hundred fish averaging from one to two feet in length were killed..." Adair County News, 28 February 1912, Gradyville letter

A good time by all with fish fry on Green River
And one barbecue--"About one hundred of the good citizens of the Green River section met at the ford on Mr. Stephen Fisher's farm, a few days ago, and participated in an old fashioned barbecue. All kinds of meats, fish and chicken were served, and there were cakes and lemonade in abundance. Excellent music was rendered, and the day was much enjoyed. Such gatherings revive old acquaintances, and it is good for the people that they meet at intervals, talk over the past and lay plans for future enjoyment." Adair County News 18 July 1900 - Mike Watson


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