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River: White River - Below Meeker to Kenney Res
Fish: Bonytail Chub

Tough day on river but good reward

Post By: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 4/7/2020 2:28:29 PM     Points: 315    
Went out recently with my GF to White River. We didn't choose the best day to go as the water was extremely muddy and probably only a few inches of visibility if that...Caught a small rainbow but also managed to pull in a nice size Bony Tail chub! They seem to be doing better in the Rangely/Meeker area as I've caught two others in the past year, or i'm just getting really lucky.

It was a nice warm day out for the most part, wish the water was chocolate milk for the first time we've ever hit this section of the river but we'll be back again sometime in the next month hopefully.

Attached is a photo of the fish (only took a few pics, didn't want it out of the water long) as well as a video of the day...Short and sweet for this one!

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 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 4/7/2020 4:06:16 PM     Points: 475
You could be right on your fish ID and certainly the Bony Tail Chub used to be common throughout most of the lower Colorado River Basin.. I am no expert, but I have caught many Round Tail chubs on the lower White River, the Green River from Split Mountain Gorge downstream , The Yampa downstream from Maybell, the Colorado River downstream from GJ and also in the Gunnison downstream from Delta. They will often take a lure but also readily take common baits like earthworms. They are feisty and fun to catch. Who knows where and when the Feds have restocked the Bony Tails? I sure don't, so it is quite possible that what you caught could have been one. I have never eaten a Round Tail, so I can make no recommendation in that regard and since I am no Fish ID expert, I would be concerned that I might be consuming one of the endangered Bony Tails.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 4/7/2020 5:39:53 PM     Points: 315
Ya it might be a roundtail chub, I too am no FishID Expert, I caught a bonytail long ago that CPW confirmed and it looked really similar to this fish...however, after examining the tail I think its a roundtail or a pikeminnow that I caught this time. We caught a pikeminnow last summer that was 23" and its kind of crazy how similar a lot of these endangered/vulnerable species look. At least trout patterns are really different so it's easy to identify.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 4/7/2020 6:19:19 PM     Points: 49133
That may be the coolest catch Ive seen on FXR! Well done and thanks for posting!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 4/8/2020 11:44:12 AM     Points: 315

Haha thanks bron but I think it's a false alarm. These endangered/vulnerable species look a lot a like here in Colorado! I believe this is a roundtail chub, a big one at that but not endangered, just vulnerable.

I clearly need to step my FishID Game up! LOL
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 4/8/2020 2:59:57 PM     Points: 1201
Cool catch either way
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 4/8/2020 6:10:09 PM     Points: 49133
That is still the biggest chub Ive seen and its still super cool!
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 4/8/2020 7:13:25 PM     Points: 475
Yes that is a nice one and it is great that you got that battle on camera.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 4/9/2020 6:06:08 PM     Points: 315
Thanks guys! Glad you all enjoyed it still!! Can't wait to get back up there when the river isn't chocolate milk!
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