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#471902 - 05/15/17 03:20 PM Fish ID
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I stocked 10 lbs of fatheads last year in a renovated pond from a fish truck. I caught this today. Doesn't look like a fathead. Any ideas?


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#471903 - 05/15/17 03:21 PM Re: Fish ID [Re: jason7858]
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Loc: West Michigan
I could be wrong but looks like a classic picture of a male fathead in true spawning colors complete with spikes!

See this link:
info about spawning colors


Edited by canyoncreek (05/15/17 03:22 PM)

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#471906 - 05/15/17 03:32 PM Re: Fish ID [Re: jason7858]
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Wow..thanks..never knew they changed colors like that..even their head has a different shape from the rest of them. I am glad because I want to use this for a Red Ear and yellow perch pond but havent stocked those yet. Thought maybe something might have got in on me from the truck. Thanks again.

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#471909 - 05/15/17 03:59 PM Re: Fish ID [Re: jason7858]
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Male FHM I'm pretty certain. Nice work on the photo Jason!
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#471913 - 05/15/17 04:45 PM Re: Fish ID [Re: jason7858]
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That one is likely getting close to the end of its life cycle. They only live to about 18 months.
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#472002 - 05/16/17 11:47 AM Re: Fish ID [Re: jason7858]
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They don't call them fathead for no reason. Breeding males are the prime reason for the fathead name.
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#472035 - 05/16/17 06:52 PM Re: Fish ID [Re: jason7858]
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Well I guess you never stop learning. If someone would have showed me that I would have never guessed fathead minnow. Amazing how different they look from when I stocked them. Thanks again everyone.

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