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ID help / Southern Ontario creek fishing

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#1 DSmith

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  • Ontario

Posted 07 June 2016 - 08:48 PM

I'm new to Microfishing and recently got some hooks from Tenkarabum. 

I'm looking for some ID help on 3 fish.





The first two photos are of the same fish, which I think is a river chub (not creek, because of its mouth) but totally guessing here. 


I think the second one is a sand shiner (?)


and the third one I have no idea!!!


I never realized how difficult it is IDing these tiny fish.  I also realize the importance of a photo tank now.



#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:19 PM

That first one looks like a Nocomis chub to me. So River Chub could be right.
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#3 gerald

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 01:18 PM

Southern Ontario has both river chub and hornyhead chub; not sure which one your fish is.

2nd fish could be sand shiner or spottail shiner.  3rd could be common shiner or striped shiner.

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#4 Abrams96

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 02:26 PM

Which river are you fishing? I'm in southern ontario and find that hornyhead and creek chubs to be most common over river chubs.

#5 DSmith

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  • Ontario

Posted 08 June 2016 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for the input everyone. 


Here are my latest conclusions:

1) river or creek chub (maybe not great enough photos to make a call on this one)

2) spottail shiner  (thanks Gerald,I looked through some other photos of the fish and sure enough there was a spot there)

3) Common Shiner (thanks again Gerald, after looking at comparison photos, they look like a match)

#6 DSmith

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  • Ontario

Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:17 PM

Sorry Abrams96,  I was fishing Grindstone Creek in Burlington. 

#7 smilingfrog

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 07:03 AM

I see a spot behind the eye on your chub which says hornyhead to me, but I'm not familiar with river chubs.  Do they also have a spot behind the eye?

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