Little Sister Caught Unkown Fish

GlamCrab

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we went fishing earlier today, my little sister caught this:

We thought it was a drum at first, but after checking internet we came to the conclusion that it.. was not. I am also assuming it is very gravid, since its spawning season.

If it helps we are in Canada, Quebec
 

Seth15

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It looks like some species of carp. Not sure on the exact species though.
 

WanhiBetta

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No idea what type of fish this is, but nice to see that I'm not the only one from Quebec on here!
 

varmint

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Good old carp.
 

Lynn78too

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Agree with the carp.
 

Redshark1

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I hate to carp on about it but...
 

DarkOne

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Redshark1 said:
I hate to carp on about it but...
what the carp do we know?
 

Georgie Girl

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It's a beautiful fish. Catch & release? Not judging, just . . . please say yes.
 
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GlamCrab

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Georgie Girl said:
It's a beautiful fish. Catch & release? Not judging, just . . . please say yes.
yep we let it go, right after the picture.

it might be a carp but... I also held the fish while we removed the hook and I don't remeber seeing barbels on it. its mouth was also very squishy and downwards
 

Redshark1

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A Carp without barbels eh?

Some carp do not have barbels e.g. Grass Carp, Crucian Carp, Gibel Carp etc.
 
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GlamCrab

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Redshark1 said:
A Carp without barbels eh?

Some carp do not have barbels e.g. Grass Carp, Crucian Carp, Gibel Carp etc.
looked those up, except this one's face is different. I do belive its in the carp family. but its face is wrong, I belive its a type of redhorse (after some research) because of its mouth it was facing downwards like a sucker-
but its so FAT. or gravid. it makes it look off.
 

wodesorel

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Try Buffalo Carp, it woulf still be a small one.
 

goldface

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It’s definitey not a common carp. I agree with the above. Looks like a species of buffalo.
 
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GlamCrab

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wodesorel said:
Try Buffalo Carp, it woulf still be a small one.
scarface said:
It’s definitey not a common carp. I agree with the above. Looks like a species of buffalo.
Thank you! Looked those up and I belive that's one!
 

MikeRad89

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Looks like moxostoma hubbsI to me. Not a buffalo carp.
 

Georgie Girl

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This carp discussion reminds me of a favorite movie quote: A carp is just a big goldfish that complains a lot.
 
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GlamCrab

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MikeRad89 said:
Looks like moxostoma hubbsI to me. Not a buffalo carp.
That could also make sense, its actually on the list of native species here- unlike the buffalo carp.

In any case I'm glad we let it go. If it was THAT specie, its super endengered here to the point where keeping any redhorse is illegal.
 

MikeRad89

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There was a very similar post to this a year ago or so and it was a reshorse in Quebec. I’m not sure where you’re fishing but they’re known to be I think west of Quebec. But it was in fact a redhorse. The gill plates look a little iffy to me, but the entire body shape and lack of barbels totally rule out the buffalo carp. I’m nearly certain that’s a redhorse.
 
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GlamCrab

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MikeRad89 said:
There was a very similar post to this a year ago or so and it was a reshorse in Quebec. I’m not sure where you’re fishing but they’re known to be I think west of Quebec. But it was in fact a redhorse. The gill plates look a little iffy to me, but the entire body shape and lack of barbels totally rule out the buffalo carp. I’m nearly certain that’s a redhorse.
Yeah.. that post a year ago was also me. I had never seen a redhorse before. But this one looked so different it puzzled me.

I am fishing right next to montreal, like its litteraly across the river. This particular fishing spot is a spawning point for multiple species including redhorses, sturgeons, walleyes, sucker fish, ect. When fishing there we were aiming for Alosa sapidissima who is known to cross this place to breed.
(Probably should have mentioned that earlier, woops)
 

Redshark1

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Very interesting and I am grateful for the knowledge given here, not having known this species previously as I am in England.
 

goldface

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Buffalo “carp” aren’t actually carp, and so have no barbels. They’re actually closer to the sucker fish family. There are different species under the Buffalo nomenclature.
 
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GlamCrab

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I figured out what it was, its a Carpiodes cyprinus aka a quillback
Its just really hard to tell because its fins are down.
 

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