Can You ID These Mystery Fish...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by BDD, May 28, 2013.

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What species of fish is this?

Bull Trout 0 vote(s) 0.0%
Lake Trout 4 vote(s) 6.7%
Sockeye 2 vote(s) 3.3%
Mountain Whitefish 9 vote(s) 15.0%
Lake Whitefish 37 vote(s) 61.7%
Other 8 vote(s) 13.3%
  1. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Fish? What fish? Looks like the link is dead.

    K
  2. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Ok.... I'm going to jump on the whitefish bandwagon.
  3. GAT Active Member

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    Obviously someone photoshopped the adipose fins on the fish in the original photos.:D Good catch, I missed that one. It must be a whitefish.
  4. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Maybe they are really squawfish and have attached an adipose fin so they don't get turned in for the squawie bounty.
  5. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    props to BDD for pointing out the adipose fin in an earlier post.
    D
  6. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Obviously a native Cuttierainbrown!.....rookies. :cool:

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  7. GAT Active Member

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    HOLD THE PHONE!

    It occurred to me that the first illustration of the NPM might be a fin-clipped hatchery job. It is! This is a non-hatchery, wild NPM:

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  8. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Nice work. That made me laugh!
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  9. BDD Active Member

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    I didn't know there was a link. Only thing I posted was a couple of pictures.

    Just my way of providing a small hint.
  10. GAT Active Member

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    Geez, I don't know how I managed to change my font size to something smaller. Fixed.

    No link, just click on the thumbnails to view photos.
  11. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    In 3 different browsers, all I see next to your survey choices is a big question mark.

    K
  12. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I gotta go with Lake Whitefish.
  13. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I voted for Lake Whitefish.
  14. Klickrolf Active Member

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    clearly whitefish as Mr. Olmstead above noted. The adipose is clear and therefore it's a salmonid (in this case). Impossible to pin down between mountain or river whitefish by the pics.
  15. Thom Collins Active Member

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    In the photo in question the dorsal fin is in front of the pelvic fin. In the NPW drawing the dorsal is behind the the pelvic. In the whitefish drawing the dorsal is in front like the posted photo. Pretty big eyes as well. I vote whitefish.
  16. BDD Active Member

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    Okay, for all you who voted "other", who is willing to fess up and tell us specifically what other species you thought it was? Ed already stated Atlantic salmon but based on the forked tail, I think we can confidently rule that one out.

    Anyone else?
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  17. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Please add CuttieRainBrown to the poll so we may finally know the truth!
  18. Bruce Baker Active Member

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    When I first saw the photos, they said lake whitefish to me. I'll stick with lake whitefish.
  19. GAT Active Member

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    I'm sticking with wild NPM that wasn't fin clipped at the hatchery :D
  20. tythetier Fish Slayer

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    Only thing other than a Lake whitefish that I could think of would be a bala shark. They are fish tank pets.
    If that is a whitefish, that is proly a state record! Thing looks huge!