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#420841 08/13/15 08:45 AM
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Here are three pics of some minnows or YOY that I pulled out of a ditch next to my house. The ditch is a typical farm drainage ditch that drys up at certain times of the year. I lowered the water yesterday and these guys were flopping on the banks.

Are they minnows or are they YOY and what type?

Thanks for all of the ID help lately.
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I believe those are mud minnows. There are a couple of different species. I bet CJ could tell you exactly which species you got there.

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After a quick Google search, they look like a Central Mud Minnow.


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Look like mud minnows- good flounder bait!

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Agreed.......mud minnows....Big ole redfish like them as well. We catch these in the creeks in South Houston. Some species can tolerate low oxygen fresh and brackish water. Hardy rascals.


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We call then cockahoe minnows in SE La. and fish with them in the saltwater marshes. Hardy? yes. I forgot about them in the livewell of my bota without the pump running in one inch of water then found them alive the next week when I went fishing again. However, that was wintertime. The same thing happened in summertime and I could smell the stench when I got 20 ft from the boat. I figure the water temp was the difference


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The fish you guys are thinking of that you use for bait in saltwater are not mudminnows. Though mudminnows look similar. You're thinking of mummichogs or bull minnows. They are a member of the killifish family. Mudminnows are actually closely related to pike and pickerel...


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