2018: here’s the plan

My 2017 ended with a very busy holiday season that included me getting engaged to the love of my life (shoutout to Mark), slacking on blog posts, creating a new Peach State Fish shirt, and wishing for warmer weather to make exploring a little bit more enjoyable. It's now 2018, a fresh new start for... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas (Darter)!

Happy Holidays from the one and only Christmas Darter, Etheostoma hopkinsi! Most of the darter species in GA are beautifully colored, but I must say one of the most surprising colorations comes on the Christmas Darter, Etheostoma hopkinsi. I like to describe them as surprising because we found them in creeks that I wouldn't have... Continue Reading →

Georgia Bass Slam!

Have y'all heard of the Georgia Bass Slam??? If not you should check out the GA DNR page and try and complete it yourself! (Link at the bottom of post) Did you know that Georgia has a high abundance of Black Bass species? Did you know that Black Bass species are the most sought after... Continue Reading →

The Studs of the Wild

Studfish are in the fundulidae family (topminnows and killifish) and the males are definitely studs with their colorations. The two studfish I've seen the most are the Northern Studfish, Fundulus catenatus, and the Southern Studfish, Fundulus stellifer. The hard part is remembering which is which, but there is one obvious physical characteristic to tell them apart (other... Continue Reading →

What’s Next?

Since my seasonal job with the DNR just ended, most people ask me the same question: "What do you want to do next?". This question usually scares me, but I've decided to face it head on. Growing up I always followed my heart and focused on doing what I'm passionate about. Unfortunately, once you make... Continue Reading →

Horny Heads!

If you're from the South, you've most likely heard of a fish with the nickname "horny head." This usually refers to several species of chubs found in small creeks, but most commonly refers to the Bluehead Chub (Nocomis leptocephalus). For those of you who haven't heard of horny heads, I bet you're wondering where that... Continue Reading →


  Georgia is home to about 45 different species of darters. Unfortunately, it's difficult to keep a solid count because fish taxonomy is constantly changing. (Nonetheless, that means new species and improving our genetic libraries to maintain accuracy in Fish ID.) Darters are in the family Percidae which also includes logperches and walleye. Yes, there is... Continue Reading →

Meet The Author

My name is Kelly Strychalski and I have always had a passion for the great outdoors. I was born and raised in Georgia, a true Georgia Peach, but it wasn't until the past couple of years that I explored my love of freshwater fish. Growing up, I was always obsessed with learning everything I could... Continue Reading →

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