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drift
07-31-2005, 04:54 PM
* I ended up not being able to fish the Russian River today, but I hope to get up there soon to sample the fishing. Thanks to everyone who answered my posts about the fishing there. I instead fished a small stream for trout.


http://img311.imageshack.us/img311/9656/trout0zt.th.jpg (http://img311.imageshack.us/my.php?image=trout0zt.jpg)

I got a few, but I also caught some kind of gold colored sucker. It looks like a long, skinny carp and was very, very slimy. It fought pretty hard, and I wouldn't mind catching another one. Does anyone know what this is?

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/8294/sucker3jv.th.jpg (http://img341.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sucker3jv.jpg)

You can click on the pics for a bigger size. Thanks for any info.

drstressor
07-31-2005, 06:08 PM
There are 8 species of suckers in California. Yours is probably a Sacramento Western Sucker, Catostomus occidentalis occidentalis, if it was caught in the Sacramento or Russian River drainages.

The trout is a steelhead or rainbow parr.

drift
07-31-2005, 06:21 PM
Thanks for the response. It was actually much, much further south than the Russian River. Does anyone know any websites with california fish id's?

drstressor
07-31-2005, 09:38 PM
Websites? You can Google specific species and get some links. But unfortunately that works best with the scientific names. Nobody gives good guides away for free on the web. You have to use the old fashioned method, i.e. books. Here is a good one:

http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9299.html