Fish ID

Discussion in 'Northeast Ohio Fishing Reports' started by TIGHTLINER, May 15, 2008.

  1. I found this critter on the banks of a creek, where the water was receding. I have an idea or two as to what kind of fish it is, but I am interested in hearing what you guys have to think about it. It was only about 2.5 inches long and I really zoomed in on it with the camera so you guys could get a good look at it. So, what kind of fish is this?!?!?
     

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  2. LJACKSON36

    LJACKSON36 Angler For Life

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    Tight from what i can tell. by you saying that it was only about two inches long it looks to be a juvenile rock bass. Anybody else have any suggestions but that is my best guess.
     

  3. Rainbow Darter is my guess - too bad the fins weren't extended - could do a count and find out for sure
     
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Defensor Fortis

    That was my guess as well. That little booger has some nice coloration.
     
  5. Mushijobah

    Mushijobah Urban Angler

    Anyone wanna have a friendly bet? It is my job to identify fish, ya know;)

    $10?
     
  6. creekcrawler

    creekcrawler Konfused Kayaker

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    I'd definitely say it's a darter, probably a rainbow. If that pectoral fin is more solid blue, it could be an orangethroat darter. Care to divulge where you found it?

    Mushijobah - I didn't think mudminnows had that much color?
    Where can i get some mudminnows up in N. Ohio. Never had any
    in tank.
     
  7. Mushijobah

    Mushijobah Urban Angler

    We caught them in a most of the more slower moving tributaries to the Grand R.

    A hint on identification, so you guys don't end up losing 10$ to me ;).

    The fish in question caught by tightliner only has a Caudal fin. A rainbow darter has both a Dorsal and Caudal fin. Also, note the rounded tail that is characteristic of a mudminnow. Also, no r. darters appear that fat. Also, no r. darters have such small scales (that is what makes the mudminnow slimy to the touch). ALSO, the coloration is waay off.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65758030@N00/298347245/

    http://www.duluthstreams.org/understanding/centralmudminnow.html
     
  8. creekcrawler

    creekcrawler Konfused Kayaker

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    Yeah, but, I was thinking the dorsal fin just wasn't extended in the photo.

    I saved the pic and zoomed. You are correct, mouth ain't right- scales too big - missing the dorsal fin.
     
  9. Mushijobah

    Mushijobah Urban Angler

    It's definitely hard to get confused, especially when the fish isn't in your hands. I've just seen so many of those darn mud minnies that it's impossible to misidentify now. Heck, I may need to see a doctor for this, but I see them in my sleep! They are definitely a pretty fish with kind of a motor oil luminescence.
     
  10. Mushijobah

    Mushijobah Urban Angler

    And by hard, I meant easy. This computer won't let me edit posts.
     
  11. vkutsch

    vkutsch You scratched my anchor!

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    By comparing all the pics, I'd say it DEFINATELY appears to be a central darter OR a rainbow mudminnow.
     
  12. Thanks to everybody that chimed in.

    Especially, ‘Mushijobah’ it is nice to have a resident expert here on OGF.

    I thought that it was some kind of Darter, but I guess I was wrong.

    http://www.fish.state.pa.us/pafish/fishhtms/chap23.htm

    The state of Pennsylvania really has a nice site!

    I am just glad that nobody said it was one of these:

    http://www.michigansportsman.com/2004/Oct_Nov_Dec/Snakehead_Fish.jpg

    So a Mudminnow it is!

    http://www.duluthstreams.org/understanding/centralmudminnow.html

    Tight Lines!
     
  13. Mushijobah

    Mushijobah Urban Angler

    That PA site is pretty cool! Especially for IDing darters. Thanks for sharing.
     
  14. I know it's not this, but it does look like a cichlid, I have a few in my fish tank, only way it could've gotten into the waters is if someone was emptying there's. lol but that's what it looks like to me. I'm not a fish I.D.er though.
     
  15. Muskarp

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    A caudal fin is the "tail" fin. What you really mean is the fish pictured lacks a spiny dorsal fin. A darter would have both a spiny and soft dorsal fin.