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#1 TimothyHD

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 06:17 PM

I dropped two minnow traps in a stream that I pass over everyday, to and from work.  I've seen something big from above, prolly rainbow trout.  I saw a large snapping turtle just the other day. These are my catches. I was so excited! Documented and released.




Johnny Darter



Baby rainbow trout


White Sucker

#2 gerald

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 06:49 PM

Are you sure about the white sucker?  I can't see it too well through the curved container, but something doesn't look right.   Are there any chubs or stonerollers possible in that area?  Also that rainbow trout looks paler than most I've seen.  Any chance of stocked salmon there?

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#3 TimothyHD

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 09:46 AM

I went with rainbow trout b/c it was the only thing found in that area.  However, Coho salmon have been found upstream and the photo's more closely match that (I hadn't even looked at them, previous).


The last pic is most likely a stoneroller (not enough dorsal rays for a sucker), but I don't have enough info to differentiate between Central and Largescale, both of which are in the stream.

#4 drawer0bli

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 03:25 PM

Yep, the 2nd fish is a juvenile coho salmon. The last is a stoneroller of sorts

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#5 TimothyHD

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:55 PM

Very exciting first catch!  Thanks for the IDing help.  I just dropped my traps a second time.  A different river, within walking distance.  It has been cloudy and muddy so the only thing I've seen are Chinese mystery snails near the shore.

#6 fundulus

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 06:18 PM

That apparent johnny darter might also be a juvenile greenside, the picture in the hand has hints of V marks developing.
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#7 TimothyHD

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 08:50 PM

Greenside Darters are very rare in Wisconsin and have not been found within 100 miles of this location.  Johnnys are very common here though.  It is possible, though it would be quite the surprising catch.

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