Soon after releasing this fish I happened to glance behind me.
They couldn't figure out what I was, but they knew I shouldn't be there so they quietly slipped away.
Here are some random pics of the creek showing you why I love this stretch so much. I fished for 3 hours and never hear any noise from the civilized world.
I caught this feisty 12 incher on the far side of the little island in the background.
As always I keep my eye open for what ever wildlife presents itself. This time a raccoon appeared feeding probably on crayfish.
A few minutes later I realized she wasn't alone.
This area is a haven for turtles. Here's one I saw cooling off along the creek.
This one was really getting ready for the heat wave.
On the long walk back to the truck I spotted this woods turtle feeding on grass. By the mud on his shell he too had been cooling off in the creek.