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#1 TimothyHD

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 04:04 PM

I was net fishing in the Menomonee River here in SE WI.  I caught this monster and am struggling to ID.  Mainly it it the coloration that is throwing me off.  I would have though white sucker, but am not sure.

 

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I know this pic is cruddy, but I couldn't get clear water.  Greenie or Pumpkin?

 

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#2 JasonL

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 06:30 PM

That's a nice looking Male central stoneroller in breeding colors. Second fish is a green most likely based on mouth size and body shape.

#3 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 06:30 PM

stoneroller up top (both fishes actually).

 

next one is green, just cause that is always the most likely answer in these cases.


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#4 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 06:50 PM

I agree with Jason and Michael. Male stonerollers this time of year are something to behold. I always get a native American feel from them. I mean indigenous I reckon.


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#5 TimothyHD

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:04 PM

Thanks all! What isn't clear from the above photo is that the bigger stoneroller is almost 6" long and at least an 1" across.  It was huge.  I caught it with 4 others (two bluntnose minnows and the greenie, in a single sweep under a heavy overhang.  Catching anything this time of year is a crap shoot and to get 5 in one swipe was thrilling.



#6 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:14 PM

I know what you are talking about. They are out there. Maybe 1 in 500 males get that big and that awesome looking. It is a great thing to see. I have not come across them that size and dress in smaller streams, only in large streams and rivers.


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#7 JasonL

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:33 PM

Big males are uncommon but they are out there and a really nice find. It makes stoneroller species much easier to identify too in areas where their ranges overlap as they do here in KY. Here's pics of a male Largescale stony I caught this spring. No or minimal black on the anal fin unlike what you see with Centrals. Also the tubercle patterns are a bit different. Scale counts can actually overlap in some areas so finding a big male is the ticket to telling them apart at times.


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#8 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:28 PM

Hmm. Always wondered. The scales do look larger.


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