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River: Colorado River - Palisade to Loma

Fish ID please

Post By: fishalope      Posted: 5/5/2017 8:31:59 PM     Points: 6    
Never caught a fish like this, c&r obviously but was wondering if it's bonytail. Caught on a daredevil spoon green and yellow.
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: 5/5/2017 8:40:37 PM     Points: 20981    
Don't know its identity but it sure is ugly.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/5/2017 8:42:11 PM     Points: 51331    
don't know for sure.. but looks like the one on the species page to me

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 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 5/5/2017 8:45:21 PM     Points: 23158    
wow, well it does look like it could be, from what I read it is the rarest of the Colorado native species, nice catch and could be one of a lifetime.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 5/5/2017 8:57:29 PM     Points: 54437    
Bony tailed chub. Cool fish!
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 5/5/2017 9:43:48 PM     Points: 3788    
Looks like bony tail chub to me. See quite a few of them on the Western Slope, but very few that size. Great catch and cool photo
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/5/2017 9:51:26 PM     Points: 30334    
Really cool capture! I have no idea what it is but I'm jealous.
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 5/5/2017 10:07:44 PM     Points: 8544    
bron, its a bony grass carp
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: 5/5/2017 11:47:27 PM     Points: 126    
Caught a few in Wolford
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 5/6/2017 8:25:27 AM     Points: 531    
If it is a bonytail chub, very rare, then I hope it hit the water immediatley. I'm surprised Fish and Wildlife goons didn't jump out of the underbrush and arrest you.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 5/6/2017 8:36:11 AM     Points: 2545    
Bonytail
Cool fish
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 5/6/2017 9:00:04 AM     Points: 9790    
You guys are on the right track... but not the right fish. Actually, you guys are sooo close, you have the right genera!!

FS
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 5/6/2017 9:03:55 AM     Points: 3788    
Is it a humpback chub FS?
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 5/6/2017 9:06:53 AM     Points: 9790    
Toadfish,
You'll have to wait and see. I'll give my answer tomorrow afternoon.
If I just gave the answer... the thread will die and there will be no excitement! Gotta keep the drama rolling! :)
But it is a minnow, and for their size are decent fighters.

FS
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 5/6/2017 9:35:05 AM     Points: 629    
Pikeminnow?
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 5/6/2017 9:56:19 AM     Points: 531    
Roundtail chubs are the most common in the system. They will hit anything. They really like small tube jigs.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 5/6/2017 12:00:40 PM     Points: 3788    
It's either a razorback or humpback I'm guessing based on coloration. Either a female or a young one as it doesn't have the pronounced hump the adults develop. Also believe the males get a bigger hump. Can't wait for FishSeal to tell us what it really is!
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 5/6/2017 2:51:09 PM     Points: 6121    
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 5/6/2017 3:37:14 PM     Points: 2545    
Learn something every day
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 5/6/2017 4:38:46 PM     Points: 2173    
Peamouth minnow?
 Reply by: fishalope      Posted: 5/6/2017 5:49:42 PM     Points: 6    
Fishseal, good way to keep the suspense! Majority says roundtail can't wait to find out what decifers the fish id
 Reply by: ChatfieldSP      Posted: 5/6/2017 6:20:12 PM     Points: 1203    
Alright this might be embarrassing but I'll venture a guess. From the coloration and lack of hump I'm going with Bonytail Chub...
 Reply by: fishalope      Posted: 5/6/2017 9:47:07 PM     Points: 6    
Maybe this pic will help in Id. I'm still leaning towards bonytail. It was a fatty and only out of water less than a min. Hence the only 2 pics I have but I'd guess 18-22 in. Length
 Reply by: Fish Crazy      Posted: 5/6/2017 10:23:06 PM     Points: 109    
Roundtail chub in spawning colors! Great catch. I leave it to FS to describe between the two.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 5/6/2017 10:31:22 PM     Points: 54437    
I still can't believe that isn't a bony tailed chub. I need to go back to fish ID school.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 5/7/2017 7:45:36 AM     Points: 7812    
Colorado pikeminnow aka the squawfish! Sweet catch!
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 5/7/2017 2:48:11 PM     Points: 9790    
Few of you got it!! Roundtail Chub!!

The second picture is the best because you can count the dorsal and anal fin rays (9 and 9, typical count for round tail chub).

Also the caudal peduncle is too thick to be a bonytail chub. The caudal peduncle would literally have a diameter close to a Sharpie permanent marker for a fish of that size.

The red coloration is indicative of a chub as the Colorado Pikeminnow does not have red coloration. Pikeminnow develop a gold coloration for spawning coloration.

Bonytail do develop a nuchal hump (think of the Razorback Sucker ridge or the Humpback Chub hump), but not to the same extreme. Roundtail Chub are more streamlined.

There are a few other characteristics which I won't go into detail here as they are a bit more difficult to describe and I would have to take a lot of time to illustrate them.

fishingmanlee, the Roundtail Chub is found in Wolford! I haven't caught one yet, but my dad did. He hasn't seen me that excited in the boat before.

Skiman, the Peamouth isn't found in Colorado. But still a cool looking fish.

BrookieFlyFisher, great to see you on FxR!!
Fish Crazy, it would be great to get out and go fishing again, I'll email you.

fishalope, great catch! That is about the largest I have caught for a Roundtail Chub as well.

If anyone would like more information, please let me know. I'd be glad to answer any questions, if I can.

FS
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 5/7/2017 3:55:46 PM     Points: 2173    
FishSeal,
Thank you for your assessment, and the valuable information. You da man!
 Reply by: fishalope      Posted: 5/7/2017 8:43:12 PM     Points: 6    
Thanks everyone for their input especially fishseal, I love getting educated on here and using it out there catching. Keep the lines tight,drags loose and women fast or something...
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 5/8/2017 9:57:18 AM     Points: 2486    
Really jealous, probably $5-$6 worth of Laker bait right there. (kidding...)

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