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Fish: Splake

Fish ID please

Post By: golferjeff      Posted: 4/7/2014 9:56:34 AM     Points: 519    
Just checking with the Coloradans on this fish. I am 99% certain it is a Splake, but it has no business being in a tailwater in Oklahoma where it was caught Saturday. I know you guys see more of these than I ever will. No vermiculations, 3 colored ventral fins, slightly forked tail, no red or haloed spots, and this one was about 16".

Let me hear from you!
 Reply by: Dubtrout      Posted: 4/7/2014 9:59:42 AM     Points: 389    
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 4/7/2014 10:04:02 AM     Points: 3940    
No red spots. Ain't no brookie. Has the marking of a laker. Are there lakers in the lake above? Dosnt appear to have a forked tail though.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/7/2014 10:04:51 AM     Points: 54947    
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 4/7/2014 10:08:40 AM     Points: 56157    
I'd say splake, but it looks like he's got a square tail.
 Reply by: alanlf5280      Posted: 4/7/2014 10:21:17 AM     Points: 7448    
Another vote for brookie here.
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 4/7/2014 10:31:12 AM     Points: 1040    
I am going to go one step further and say female brookie, and that's why the colors are muted, and the head is more rounded.

But that's just my guess.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/7/2014 10:32:59 AM     Points: 54947    
brook - splake comparison

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 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 4/7/2014 10:46:12 AM     Points: 604    
My vote would go for brookie as well - not at all an expert opinion however...
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 4/7/2014 11:03:17 AM     Points: 1437    
How about this one?
 Reply by: The Matty      Posted: 4/7/2014 11:22:26 AM     Points: 1205    
The last one id definately a brook, you can tell because it has wormie spots at the for the first pic I cant tell for sure.
 Reply by: Russian      Posted: 4/7/2014 11:23:34 AM     Points: 1030    
Choke Hold Brookie? :)
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 4/7/2014 11:26:28 AM     Points: 1437    
Ok sweet that's what I though but ya he was going crazy had to get in a little presure on him to get a pic before he went back
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 4/7/2014 11:30:06 AM     Points: 380    
Here we go again.
 Reply by: Coyute      Posted: 4/7/2014 11:52:15 AM     Points: 115    
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 4/7/2014 12:00:12 PM     Points: 238    
cut bait....just kidding..
 Reply by: The Matty      Posted: 4/7/2014 12:05:43 PM     Points: 1205    
The first one should be a brookie too!, if you look at the the very first pic you can see the wormie spots on the top......I missed them at first. Only brook trout have those kind of spots.
 Reply by: vdl      Posted: 4/7/2014 12:06:35 PM     Points: 306    
This trout likes like a mackinaw trout and a brookie. Antero Res. has some splake which is hybrid of these two trout. I am going to guess that!
 Reply by: golferjeff      Posted: 4/7/2014 12:17:11 PM     Points: 519    
1st pic - no forked tail, but not square either. No worm like markings at all (Vermiculations), jaw of a brookie, spots were all whitish, and he ate a crawfish pattern.

Idaho wildlife biologist says Splake, most likely a hatchery raised accident. There are no trout at all in the lake above the tailwater. It is a bottom release 100CFS dam. No way to tell 100% cetainty, but I am going with Splake!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/7/2014 12:18:50 PM     Points: 54947    
Link I posted earlier tells and shows you difference.

Coyute - see you're still on point. lol

Dangly you must be getting regular doses of open water lately.
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 4/7/2014 12:27:33 PM     Points: 238    
Angler- yup, check out my top water post.
 Reply by: Swimswithtrout      Posted: 4/7/2014 6:13:35 PM     Points: 149    
Brook Trout
 Reply by: tripplel      Posted: 4/7/2014 6:39:55 PM     Points: 67    
Looks like there is a small black bear in back
 Reply by: stowe      Posted: 4/7/2014 6:45:21 PM     Points: 419    
I really does look like there is a black bear in the back ground. I was so focused on the fish, I didn't even see it till you said something.
 Reply by: The Matty      Posted: 4/7/2014 9:21:39 PM     Points: 1205    
Wow, i see the bear too..........or is it a dog taking a sh!t?
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 4/8/2014 5:47:40 AM     Points: 1190    
An Ugly Brook Trout.
 Reply by: Bwallace10327      Posted: 4/8/2014 6:02:34 AM     Points: 204    
Ugly brook trout don't exist
 Reply by: Lefty2053      Posted: 4/8/2014 7:13:48 AM     Points: 1190    
Until now.
 Reply by: golferjeff      Posted: 4/8/2014 7:40:57 AM     Points: 519    
That 'Bear' is my Border collie/retriever mix - Magick. 90lbs of fun and companionship. He was trying to catch a frog that was jumping in the weeds next to a small stillwater off the path. He didn't catch it, but he scared a Great Blue Heron that made all kinds of noise as it flew away.

We live in Dallas and travel to Broken Bow, Oklahoma to fish for tailwater trout. He has come to Colorado with me twice - he loved Gunnison and floating in a cataraft. I rarely fish without him.

Thanks for noticing!

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