Why You Should Start Micro-Fishing

Too often in the angling community, we get caught up in the size of a catch. Everyone wants bigger fish, and world records are established by size and length, not beauty or aesthetics. Take this world record brown trout for example.

But there’s a new angling trend that goes against conventional fishing ideology, and it’s called micro-fishing. At its core, micro fishing is the intentional practice of targeting small fish on light tackle and tiny hooks. As far as we can tell, there is no differentiation between fly fishing, tenkara, and spin fishing. All are acceptable methods of micro-fishing.

rough shiner

There’s a bit of an internal debate over the exact definition of micro-fishing. Some micro anglers say that the fish in its fully grown state must not exceed 6 inches in length. Others say that juvenile forms of bigger species certainly qualify as micro-fishing. Many others don’t take it that seriously, and just post pictures of their small catches. In general, a fish that fits easily in the palm of your hand qualifies as a “micro”.

The most remarkable thing about micro-fishing is that it opens the door to hundreds of species that live in the same rivers and lakes as the typical gamefish that we chase. Check out some of these examples.

tricolor shiner

greenside darter

Banded Killifish

Spotfish shiner

largemouth bass

blackbanded darter

slimy sculpin

mottled sculpin

rainbow darter

Juvenile cabezon