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Double Check Minnow ID

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#1 Isaacsfishingcorner

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 12:05 AM

I've been doing more microfishing than usual lately and that has led me to catching some new minnows. The problem is I have the most trouble with IDing these little guys, so I thought it would be a good idea to double check my IDs. The first fish was caught out of Pigeon Creek in Evansville, Indiana and I suspect it to be a Ribbon Shiner.

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The second fish was caught out of the Ohio River close to Evansville and I suspect it to be a River Shiner. The Indiana minnow identification guide published by the Indiana dnr shows River Shiners as being less compressed than the other images that I have seen on the internet so I have some doubt on this ID.

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Any thoughts?

#2 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:38 AM

First one looks like a ribbon shiner to me. Certainly has the eye of a ribbon.


Not sure about the second.

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#3 fritz

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 11:14 AM

If this was from NC, I would say it's probably a Hybognathus - silvery minnow.  But I'M out of my element in Indiana

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