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  • Avatarmbruns
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    Can someone tell me the species of this fish? Caught from the Mississippi River and probably weighed two pounds. Doesn’t look like any carp species I know of and have never caught a buffalo so idk. TIA

    Avatarmoonfish
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    I guess this one http://www.iowadnr.gov/idnr/Fishing/Iowa-Fish-Species/Fish-Details/SpeciesCode/ULL

    If it is one, you would not see them. I never saw one until I bought a cast net. Have never caught one on a hook.

    Avatarmbruns
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    Thanks that looks like it. Snagged it on the back with a underspin if that helps.

    Avatarkenhump
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    Looks right. Fairly common in Drs Moines drainage i believe.

    AvatarMichael Weber
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    Hard to tell without having the fish in hand, but it looks like a river carpsucker. Very common to rivers in Iowa.
    The dorsal fin is not long enough to be a quillback.

    stick500stick500
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    yeh, I will second on it that it is a River Carpsucker.

    a member of the sucker family, but not the carp family

    of course, a native species

    I’ve snagged them, too, and speared a few as well.

    seems like they are mostly filter feeders, sucking up muck from the bottom

    might make good cat bait for later in the day!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_carpsucker

    http://www.iowadnr.gov/idnr/Fishing/Iowa-Fish-Species/Fish-Details/SpeciesCode/RVC

    AvatarMr.Seaguar
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    Just another kind of carp if you ask me.

    Avatarjesslab
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    I would lean towards a quillback although it is somewhat difficult to see the dorsal fin completely in the picture. My students have seined a few of these over the years in the East Fork of the Des Moines River in Algona while performing water quality testing for Project IOWATER.

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    Quote by: jesslab

    I would lean towards a quillback although it is somewhat difficult to see the dorsal fin completely in the picture. My students have seined a few of these over the years in the East Fork of the Des Moines River in Algona while performing water quality testing for Project IOWATER.

    It is a Quillback

    Avatariowavf
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    If you say carp sucker 3 times in a row as fast as you can, you’ll discover the more common name for these fish! :mrgreen:

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    Quote by: Michael+Weber

    Hard to tell without having the fish in hand, but it looks like a river carpsucker.

    My vote is for river carpsucker. I’ve caught a few on night crawlers over the years.

    bowfisherbowfisher
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    Quillback 😉

    AvatarHugeRod
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    Looks like a quillback without his quill, so not a quillback, but probably a carp sucker.
    Rod

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