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?

  1. Bull Trout

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Lake Trout

    4 vote(s)
    6.7%
  3. Sockeye

    2 vote(s)
    3.3%
  4. Mountain Whitefish

    9 vote(s)
    15.0%
  5. Lake Whitefish

    37 vote(s)
    61.7%
  6. Other

    8 vote(s)
    13.3%
  1. Kent Lufkin

    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.

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  2. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I gotta go with Lake Whitefish.
     
  3. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I voted for Lake Whitefish.
     
  4. Klickrolf

    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.
     
  5. Thom Collins

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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.
     
  6. BDD

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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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  7. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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

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

    GAT Dumbfounded

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

    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!
     
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    tythetier Fish Slayer

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    Never mind the bala shark, they do not have adipose fins.
     
  12. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually, I believe these are whitefish. I've never caught a northern pike minnow or Atlantic salmon to compare.
     
  13. GAT

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    What? You've NEVER caught a north pike minnow or a landlocked Atlantic salmon?

    Interestingly enough, NPM is native to the NW and the ODF&W runs a bounty system for the wild NPM caught in certain sections of the Columbia (which is a scam created by BPA and not something the ODF&W condones but is forced to manage). Regardless, the fish are still as native to Oregon and Washington as a steelhead yet people are paid to kill them... introduced species get a pass but not the native NPM.