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Blog by: David Coulson , CO 11/14/2013

Since Tom became co-Colorado State Editor, I’ve found time to address a favorite project, fish species.  It’s a task that may never be completed and I’m OK with that.  I enjoy researching different species and doing the write-ups.  We concentrate on the game fish, but also feel it’s important to put up other species anglers might encounter, including bait species. 

We’re also adding species that are endangered, threatened, or of special concern so that our members can identify them, should they encounter one while fishing.  Over the years fishing the Colorado River and its tributaries, I’ve caught a number of roundtail chub, bluehead sucker, flannelmouth sucker, and one (I believe) Colorado pikeminnow.  Given many fishers use suckers and chubs for bait, it’s good to know how to tell the difference between what’s legal to use, and what’s not.

While updating the species list, I realized we still depend heavily on sketches and pictures from the public domain to illustrate the various species.  We’d much prefer to use images taken by our members.  To date, the majority of those “real” images are Matt’s or mine.  While my life list is long, there are a lot of fish out there that I’ve yet to catch.  So we need your help.  I’m in the process of not only updating Colorado’s species list, but Wyoming’s, (soon to be activated), and Florida’s, where we’re looking to add saltwater fisheries (Texas and California, also)

Thus, we could use some fish pictures, but not just any pictures.  First, it must be for a species where we’re not already using a member image (that includes my images). For example, we DO NOT need largemouth, rainbow, or bluegill pictures.  Check the species page before sending a picture. If the current image is a member photo, don’t send. If in doubt, ask.  We DO NEED photos of gar species, saltwater species (inshore), yellow bullhead, blue catfish, flathead catfish, tilapia species, pickerel species, burbot, snake river cutthroat, … Again, check the species pages in California, Colorado, Florida, and Texas to see what’s needed.

If you send a photo to us on the species pages (send to dave at FishExplorer dot com), remember it must be your work and we need written permission (in your email will do) to use it on You retain all other rights.  Second, it needs to be high resolution, cell phone images likely won’t work.  The fish must be horizontal, clean (no blood, dirt, cuts, stringers, etc.); illustrative of the species, an adult, but not necessarily a trophy; preferably a “naked” fish, we’re interested in illustrating the fish, we know you're cute, but. . .

If we use the photo, we’ll give you full credit and some sort of gift, such as a month of FxR plus, points, if preferred, or possibly other options.   So visit the species pages to see what’s needed.  Check your files and shoot me a few photos. 

Blog content © David Coulson
Blog Comments
lewdog, 11/14/2013 3:55:11 PM
Are you trying to tell me that I need to plan a fishing vacation to florida to get a picture of some fish?
pikeNcolorado, 11/14/2013 3:58:40 PM
I have some pics of the Colorado Pikeminnow in the 24 inch range. But I'm in the pic. ( Beautiful fish, ugly guy ) I'll shoot it and a few more to you when I can get them downloaded.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), 11/14/2013 4:17:17 PM
Lewdog, when did you need an excuse to fish? Heading to Florida again is already part of my planning. Caught my first redfish out of Merit Island, and my best ever set trout, 26 inches. I'd appreciate the photos, if the resolution is right we can crop, don't want to scare away folks from the species pages. Thanks
H the yeti, 11/14/2013 11:30:13 PM
Looks like the greenback cutthroat page could use an update. You couldn't have posted this at a better time for me sir. If you have any updated info on the false greenbacks such as, do still need to be barbless to target and so on. could yo please email me a link. From what I gather I may be getting in to a few on saturday. Not sure if the regulations have changed after the captin jacks discovery. Also thanks for all you try and get done Dave. Maybe someday you will have a ny page.
the fishing dj, 11/14/2013 11:47:41 PM
Just sent you an email with a pic for white crappie
David Coulson (Flyrodn), 11/15/2013 7:50:02 AM
Thanks for the photos received so far. I haven't had time to look at and process them yet, but I hope to shortly. I stll hoping for images for the salt water states. I've a few, but . . .
Anteroman, 11/16/2013 9:12:50 AM
David Here is a link to my Photobucket album. Mostly trout a few kokes and some good sailfish and marlin, (Blue) pictures. Feel free to use them. Bill "Anteroman" Hadley
opencage, 11/18/2013 7:59:55 AM
Yep, thanks for the photos so far. If you got one that we need, send it to me or Dave. Remember, if we use it, we’ll give you full credit and some sort of gift, such as a month of FxR plus, points, if preferred, or possibly other options. So take a look at the species pages to see what’s needed.