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#1 JasonL

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 11:02 PM

Caught this fish today in the swampy backwater lowlands of western KY. Fish was around 2 inches in length. Coexisting species included pirate perch, warmouth, western mosquitofish, longnose gar and cypress darters. Thoughts appreciated.




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#2 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 11:18 PM

Redear is my guess. Or at least some.


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#3 gerald

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 11:42 AM

I'd guess Longear, based on pattern (cheek and body) and short, rounded pectoral fin.  A 2" Longear won't have much ear-flap growth yet.


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#4 JasonL

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:56 PM

Here is a pic where I caught it.



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I was thinking longear initially too. But it looked a little different and wasn't classic water for the central longears I usually catch. Perhaps one of the lowland variants I've read about on this forum?

#5 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 04:36 PM

Maybe. And muddy water washes colors out in most fish. I typically see much more color in longears at even one inch, but I am not in that area. The redears from my local hatchery look very similar to your fish as 2-3 inch fingerlings. Most have a bit of red on ear tab, but some don't. I still lean towards redear, but it may very well be one of those lowland longears, that I am only vaguely familiar with. Look forward to hearing more input.


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#6 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 04:39 PM

Just thought of this though, longears and orange spotted seem to keep good color even in turbid water.


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#7 fundulus

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 06:20 PM

Longear based on ear tab, with a white edging, even small o-spots typically have red edging, and also the fish has a relatively deep body.
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