A Bait Fish

  1. KaluOwe

    KaluOwe Valued Member Member

    Hi, I'm a beginner fish keeper and have a mystery fish in my tank. My dad went fishing and bought bait minnows, and since it's illegal to release them he has put this one in my tank after a round in the quarantine tank. Does anyone know the specific type of fish this is? IMG_20170801_174737548.jpg
     
  2. James17

    James17 Well Known Member Member

    Just curious, bumping up a bit.
     
  3. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

    Juvenile golden shiner
     


  4. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to fishlore!
    I agree with Mike.
     
  5. OP
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    KaluOwe

    KaluOwe Valued Member Member

    What gives it away as a golden shiner? I'm looking at common bait minnow species and they all look so similar to the minnow pictured that I'm confused.
     
  6. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    Let minnow if you figure it out...
     
  7. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

    Bait minnows are almost always common or golden shiners. Common shiners don't have that dark horizontal line on the flank, they'll have black bloctches if any coloration at all. Golden shiners are the only species that possess a line that dark at that size.

    I buy them for largemouth fishing once in a while and I've seen both species sold simply as shiners, but the dark line is tell tale.