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Old 08-09-2013, 11:43 AM
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Great report/pic's Larry... great "mystery" too!

Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but don't Whitefish have adipose fins (that little fin between the dorsal and the tail... like a trout)?

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My guess is some type of shiner/chub species. The head/tail says shiner, but the rest is very "chub" like... maybe a Flathead Chub?
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Pike Minnow

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Yeah, definitely have an adipose fin.
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Pike Minnow

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ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding... I think we have a winner!

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Dave: Thanks, much appreciated! I stopped by the fly shop on the way out of town but Mike, the owner was busy with some folks doing a guided trip and Bill the guy behind the counter didn't know. My plan was to stop at Game and Fish on the way back to town but I had the dog in the truck and didn't want to leave him there as it is pretty warm out.

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The skin sure looks like a pike to me. I have fished that lake but have not caught one of those before.


Also Larry was there some sort of "Event" happen on Boulder Lake/Creek this year? I was fishing the creek above the lake and there were dead fish upside down in the rocks all up the creek bed. Just curious if you have some insight on what happened. I caught about 7 or 8 and they were the only fish I saw alive.
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The skin sure looks like a pike to me. I have fished that lake but have not caught one of those before.


Also Larry was there some sort of "Event" happen on Boulder Lake/Creek this year? I was fishing the creek above the lake and there were dead fish upside down in the rocks all up the creek bed. Just curious if you have some insight on what happened. I caught about 7 or 8 and they were the only fish I saw alive.
Ever since I found out those were pike minnows I have been thinking about going back over there and seeing if I can catch a much larger pike. My problem is that I have never fished for pike so I'm not very confident in the right approach. Last time I was either casting or trowling (SP?) a small black leech pattern. Maybe the ticket would be to use a much larger streamer.

I haven't heard anything, but will ask around at the next TU meeting. I'm also going to make a trip into Game and Fish, I will ask there also.
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Ever since I found out those were pike minnows I have been thinking about going back over there and seeing if I can catch a much larger pike.
Larry,

Pikeminnows are a species of minnow (like chubs, dace, shiners, etc.)... not to be confused with Northern Pike.
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Pikeminnows are a species of minnow (like chubs, dace, shiners, etc.)... not to be confused with Northern Pike.
Joe: Thanks, saved me from making a trip back up there only to be disappointed! Today I'm up early, all packed up and ready to head south in search of Colorado Cutthroat.

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Ever since I found out those were pike minnows I have been thinking about going back over there and seeing if I can catch a much larger pike. My problem is that I have never fished for pike so I'm not very confident in the right approach. Last time I was either casting or trowling (SP?) a small black leech pattern. Maybe the ticket would be to use a much larger streamer.

I haven't heard anything, but will ask around at the next TU meeting. I'm also going to make a trip into Game and Fish, I will ask there also.
If you are going after northern pike, streamers pulled through the vegetation from what I have seen. Anything that looks like a bait fish should work.


The water wasn't too warm so I don't think that was it. I am wondering if they had some sort of alge bloom?

Good luck going after your colorados. If you find some shoot me a hint of where a guy could locate them. I am going to start my slam next trip out there.
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