Not A Trout

After my morning of Black Friday e-commerce crisis management came to a close yesterday, I thought I'd shoot up to the Stony Creek after work to check in on the morning's trout stocking.  By the time I got there the fish were already in the water and a different type of "doorbuster" crowd had assembled.

Not being one to be near the water & not get a line wet, I grabbed the spinning rod from the back of my SUV and tossed out a rooster tail.  After catching & releasing a few stockies - nothing to write home about - I caught this guy, (chub, shiner, whatever....) that actually put up a better fight than the trout did.  Usually don't catch these unless it's the summer so I was kinda surprised to not see a trout on the end of the line when I reeled it in.
creek chub

Yeah, not the pretty little brown trout you usually see on here, but I figured this "trash fish" deserved its share of the spotlight today.


  1. betcha ya miss the fallfish kinda fight

  2. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    To "feel the pull" is the exciting part in my fishing world.

  3. Mike, That looks like a white sucker, or a Shorthead Redhorse. but I cant see the mouth that great.
    If you can, find out for sure, Im courious and wouldnt mind knowing for sure.. if it ate the rooster tail then its probably a chub what kind of chub though? River chub?

  4. Appears to be a Creek Chub to me.

  5. I like how you give them all their due credit, a sure sign of a sportsman in my opinion.

    Happy Holidays!

    Whitetail Woods Blog / Deer Hunting and Blackpowder Shooting at it’s best.

  6. Better than staying home and shoveling snow!

  7. See what fishing with rooster tails gets ya? Creek Chubs.

  8. If it had bumps on its forehead, we called those 'horned dace'. That's back in the day in Central Wisconsin.listin

  9. Michael, agree with the other guys. Some sort of Chub. In the end, isn't it the take and the ensuing fight we look forward to. Spin or fly, whatever type of fish, doesn't matter.

  10. @Anonymous (Spurky) - You're right, I've got the itch for some Fallfish. That gurgle they make when you pull them out of the water is echoing in my ears.

    @Raz/Rick - Totally agree. I'm equal opportunity when it comes to fish. I don't discriminate.

    @Big/Bill/Shoreman/5crows/Mel - Im pretty sure it's a creek least that's what they call it in my parts. As far as I'm concerned it's a fish-to-hand.

    @Cofisher - You ain't kidding. Keep that stuff out your way.

    @5crows - You're 100% right, my bad. I'm low on FCS and actually have a project for you if you're up to it. I'll email you.

  11. Yup I normally only see those in the hot part of the summer. I hate those things. Ugly, rubber feeling... as somebody above posted, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"... not my eye! =)

    The Average Joe Fisherman

  12. Hadya fooled fer a minute, though, eh? I caught one big enough to eat last year.

  13. A fight is a fight to me anyway. I think that little guy deserves the press. -stephanie

  14. Biologist's opinion: Fallfish, Semotilus corporalis
    Just thought I'd add my two cents on its ID. I enjoy catching a little variety when I'm fishing... especially when you know it's a wild fish that wasn't stocked... that adds a little to its value for me. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

  15. Jay, way to set us all straight!
    pretty sad when 14 fishermen dont know what it is.

  16. Make it 15 - I thought it was a carp.


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