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Anyone ( else) know what sort of fish this is?

Discussion in 'BowFishing' started by Krag1902, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Krag1902 Member

    I've had a yen to collect a specimen of this species since becoming enamored with it back in 1971, but I never laid eyes on one until '99 when I spotted one in the Republican River. On a recent four day fish safari to the Missouri River ( took 14 species and my first smallmouth bass) I saw four the first day along a fifty yard beachy span between two stretches of rock. Each encounter resulted in a heartbreaking miss at these hard-to-see little fish. Figuring they favored this habitat, I returned to the spot every hour or so. I finally caught one feeding atop a submerged log fairly close to the surface. I hurried a twenty foot shot and bored him through the middle. I'm sure passing boaters wondered why the old man in waders was jumping up and down on a riverbank.

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  2. Krag1902 Member

    To spare Daryl Bauer from chiming in ( feel free though), I'll identify this foot long organism as a shorthead redhorse. Incidentally, this is my first sucker of any sort since 1990.
  3. Yellab BON Board of Director

    When I was younger we spent much time fishing and camping Lake Oahe. The redhorse sucker was a common catch on our lines, especially in the evenings when we would bank fish with nightcrawlers.

    Last week I shot my first Blue Sucker from the Missouri River, a 6 to 7 pound exhibit. I have only seen these a couple times at tournament weigh-ins and I think they may be the ugliest fish to swim in our fresh water habitats. I thought it was a buffalo when I released my arrow, but it did prove to be a new species that I had never harvested.
  4. daryl bauer Member

    Thanks "Krag 1902". That certainly is a shorthead redhorse.

    For anyone that is interested, there is a little fish identification key here, http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishing/guides/identification/search.asp . Be careful, if you spend some time playing around there, you might learn a thing or two about Nebraska fish and their identification. The shorthead redhorse is included here, http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishing/guides/identification/chart10.asp .

    Daryl Bauer
    Fisheries Outreach Program Manager
    Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
    daryl.bauer@nebraska.gov
    http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/blogs/category/barbs-and-backlashes/
  5. Krag1902 Member

    Thanks for the validation Daryl. We both know a spotted gar when we see one, don't we?
  6. daryl bauer Member

    Well, I think so.

    Daryl B.

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