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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Rudd
Sacramento Perch
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Splake
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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Roundtail Chub
Roundtail chub (Gila robusta) members of the minnow family, are native to the Colorado River drainage in waters below 7,500 feet in elevation. Roundtails can be found in cool to warm water throughout its range.  Frequently, utilizing slow moving waters, deep pools, and adjoining eddies of mid-sized to larger waters, often associates with cover, such as boulders, undercut banks, vegetation, and overhanging cliffs.
 
An elongated fish, roundtail chub, typically are uniformly silver in color on the sides, lighter below, darker above. Their sides are flattened, the back is humped, and the tail base is very narrow compared to the body. The tail is deeply forked.  The forehead is concave and the mouth is quite large and thinly lipped.  While this chub has been recorded in excess of 20 inches, they typically don’t get much over 12 inches.  Their life expectancy can exceed seven years.  
 
Upon reaching sexual maturity at two to three years of age, chub spawn when water temperatures reach approximately 64 degrees in late spring to early summer. Both sexes develop an orange-red coloration lower body and fins. The females are escorted by several male.   Each female is escorted by 3-5 males. The sticky eggs are broadcast over a gravel or cobblestone bottom.  Females produce approximately 20,000 eggs per pound of body weight. Eggs hatch in 4-15 days and the fry begin feeding within ten days. Young chub move to margins of streams to feed, where they grow to three inches or so in the first year.
 
As omnivores, roundtails feed on a variety of items, with aquatic insects making up the bulk of their diets.  Fish, snails, crustaceans, algae, other invertebrates and vertebrates, and detritus also are eaten.  This diet is similar to trout, consequently, roundtails are readily caught by angler fishing similar tactics.
 
In Colorado the take and use of roundtail chub is expressly prohibited.


Most Recent Roundtail Chub Forum Posts
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Roundtail Chub Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Boomerang Tool Co. Grip 11.07.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: DIY No Drill Removable Kayak Fish FInder 09.29.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Take Your Time 04.12.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Spring (Rebirth) New podcasts coming Soon! 04.11.12 by Tim Emery
Blog: It's your fault! 02.21.12 by Tim Emery
Blog: 4 Apps Every Angler With A Smartphone Should Use 02.09.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Clouser Pattern Detailed - New Article 12.16.11 by Matt Snider
Blog: Become a pro 09.30.11 by Joshua Christensen
Recent Colorado Roundtail Chub Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by Wishful Fisher - Never thought I would catch these guys. Caught lots of the on woolly buggers and jerkbaits.