View Full Version : Fish Popsicle ID

01-02-2015, 08:56 PM
If I'm not catching fish, I usually walk around and take photos of little things in nature I find interesting. Found this guy today frozen in the shallows.

The tail and eyes tell me American shad, but could be a pond smelt or something washed over from Natoma/Folsom?

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It was 28 degrees this morning! Be careful rock hopping for the safety of your skulls and gear.

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01-02-2015, 09:55 PM
Cool pictures!

01-02-2015, 09:59 PM
My guess is an "ice fish" (Wakasagi).

Waiting for some pics to upload.

01-02-2015, 10:07 PM
Here's Sal's Wakasagi fish...

Fish Species by Location - California Fish Website (http://calfish.ucdavis.edu/location/?uid=175&ds=698)

01-02-2015, 10:11 PM
Seems like no spots and kinda skinny to be an american shad, perhaps it is just hungry though? Also your fish seems like it may have an adipose fin? But Shad do not.

American shad:

There is a smelt from Japan that 'we' introduced here called ice fish or wakasagi.

It's in folsom and the delta:

It also looks similar to our native delta smelt. If so, RIP to another one of the endangered fish! Not sure if they would be up in the river though?

Pics and text are from:

01-02-2015, 10:14 PM
dsa's fish has a big striper mouth tho..?

01-02-2015, 10:17 PM
dsa's fish has a big striper mouth tho..?

Probably the others listed here would as well if portrayed in the open position? I think his specimen just happened to be frozen with its mouth open.

01-02-2015, 10:20 PM
True that on the mouth... nice pull Sal... right off the top of your head...

01-02-2015, 10:22 PM
I dunno about it being a striper, only because the time of year really doesn't correlate with the temps being anywhere near where striper eggs need to survive.

I'm really thinking it's a Wagasaki, and if so, that's just too ironic for me not to laugh about. The ice fish killed by the cold and encased in ice. :action-smiley-035:

Big eyes, forked tail, 14 fin rays from what I can see on my phone, and it did have a weird shimmer to it when the sun hit it. Couldn't be a shad, way too snake like I guess.

Don't know what the poor little dude was doing in the AR.

01-02-2015, 10:24 PM
True that on the mouth... nice pull Sal... right off the top of your head...

Far from 100% certain, I'm a geneticist not a taxonomist. Next time, dsa, get a fin clip! LOL

Hard to see all of the features in the frozen fish anyway.

01-02-2015, 10:24 PM
Yeah its definitely not a striper... was just pointing out the big mouth... cool fish.. and cool pic dude...

01-02-2015, 10:29 PM
Yeah I don't even know how I saw the thing being that its so small.

Whatever it is, I'm sure it would make a natoma bow or folsom king really happy.