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pulper80
05-11-2013, 07:29 AM
Tried River Bend Park yesterday below the walk bridge for about 3 hours. Nada. Was mainly using a grub underneath a bobber, but briefly did remove the bobber and bounced bottom for awhile. Tried several different colors: champagne, chartreuse, red, white, and a couple different sized leadheads, but the only hookup was when my buddy caught this fish. Let's revive the old debate, is this a pikeminnow (aka squawfish), or a splittail minnow?

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WHT.RUS
05-11-2013, 07:44 AM
Never seen a split tail or a squaw fish so dark. Hopefully someone will shed some light on this as Im interested to know what species that is.

IronClad
05-11-2013, 07:52 AM
That is a Hardhead http://calfish.ucdavis.edu/species/?uid=37&ds=241 i catch a ton of those things in the feather

dabalone
05-11-2013, 07:56 AM
Not a splittail, I would say hardhead also but didn't think they got that big.

IronClad
05-11-2013, 07:58 AM
They get big ive caught some 30" long off of palm ave below the boat ramp

pulper80
05-11-2013, 08:03 AM
Some closeups:

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IronClad
05-11-2013, 08:09 AM
Yeah thats a hardhead

49erbassman
05-11-2013, 08:13 AM
Don't really know what they are but I always called them Sacramento suckers. They comb the rocks and bottom like an algae sucker fish. See them all over the AR


Fish on!

IronClad
05-11-2013, 08:17 AM
they like to eat the freshwater clams and stuff too. When ever im really bored during salmon season and not catching anything i'll run to a certain spot and rig up with some big chunks of clam meat and its crazy how instant you get bit

There is also an actual sacramento sucker California Fish Species - California Fish Website (http://calfish.ucdavis.edu/species/?uid=84&ds=241) that website is great and has aloottt of fish species

pulper80
05-11-2013, 08:33 AM
Yea the Sacramento sucker is very different and easy to identify because of their ridiculous vacuum-like mouths. Suckers are the ones that you can constantly see while just walking along the shore. They are overpopulated.

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49erbassman
05-11-2013, 08:49 AM
Lol they all look the same under water! Thanks guys good info!


Fish on!

pulper80
05-11-2013, 10:46 AM
they like to eat the freshwater clams and stuff too. When ever im really bored during salmon season and not catching anything i'll run to a certain spot and rig up with some big chunks of clam meat and its crazy how instant you get bit


Wow clam meat... Like canned from the grocery store? Do you bring it specifically for the hardheads or is it part of your regular tackle arsenal? That's really interesting and sounds like a nice way to take a break when you are getting skunked.

IronClad
05-11-2013, 10:53 AM
nope i just dig up fresh water clams out of the shoreline area and hook a few up. Up here you can buy frozen freshwater clams at most places that sell bait but they didnt work for me.. peeled that stuff off and put some fresh dug up meat on and instantly got bit

westcoastdave
05-12-2013, 08:31 AM
Sacramento Suckers will also feed on nightcrawlers cut in half. They most actively feed in the morning and evenings.