Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by BDD, May 28, 2013.
taken a few days ago at the Wanapum Video Fish Count Station?
Looks like it can't jump!
I wanted to go back and add that as a possibility but couldn't figure out how to do it. Good guess, I guess.
Based on the fork in the tail it is not an Atlantic Salmon or any of the other Salmon species. Looks to be a lake whitefish.
Actually, whitefish are in the salmonid group; one of the distinguishing characteristics is the adipose on the dorsal (top) side near the posterior (tail side) of the fish. Catfish also possess an adipose fin but are not part of the salmonids.
shark, ha ha.
just looking at the profile in the first thumbnail it struck me as a channel cat with that tail. but the adipose and the mouth obviously don't work for that. considering both of those traits, i'm with spring creek.
I voted for a lake whitefish
i say lake trout to me the upper jaw just doesnt look like its overhanging much like with a whitefish especially in the second photo and the color doesnt look right to me either looks to dark and look at the belly it goes from really dark to really white belly most whitefish to me dont have that drastic of a color change only a predator that feeds on other fish would look like that because from sides or the top it looks like the water or the bottom of the lake and looking up at it it looks the sun or the light i think only predators that ambush and hunt other fish have it could just be the lighting or me i just dont think whitefish go from that dark to a really white belly i mean they will have a dark grey back sometimes but it doesnt go all the way down to their belly their sides usually look more of lighter silver to me
looks like a very small maako to me
I voted Lake Whitefish, all the whitefish that I have caught looked like those two.
Good call, whitefish.
in the second photo behind the head is it me or do i see faint yellowish spots?
If you catch one, it's probably gonna be a dead one. You know how people like to smoke them things.
I'm surprised for you people. You fish the rivers and you don't know whats out there.
Geez.... I thought you guys were just kidding. There is a bounty on the things.... sheesh.
I'm going to jump on the squawfish boat. I kept thinking these looked like squawfish and I couldn't make them into a lake whitefish.
I think the adipose fin is pretty clear in those photos. That rules out Cyprinidae, which includes the northern pikeminnow, and other minnows. It is strong evidence that it is a salmonid. I'll agree with lake whitefish.
Here's a Joseph Tomelieri rendering: