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What is this fish? I caught it (twice, i think) at Sawhill Ponds.
The coloration seems to be that of a crappie, but the body shape more like a bass.

http://www.tinysites.com/SitesPublic/AllSites/0/00/29/32/amosz958907/PublishPC/~Index.xml/Photos/Pix3.htm?r=5800816

http://www.tinysites.com/SitesPublic/AllSites/0/00/29/32/amosz958907/PublishPC/~Index.xml/Photos/Pix1.htm?r=5800816

And then there is this guy: I caught a few like this yesterday at Boulder Reservoir, off the dam. I thought they looked like bass, but had the blue spot like a bluegill....

http://www.tinysites.com/SitesPublic/AllSites/0/00/29/32/amosz958907/PublishPC/~Index.xml/Photos/Pix2.htm?r=7349927

these fish all had these blue squiggly lines on their faces too.
 

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I would say that the first one is a crappie, if nothing else, the mouth and the thinness are defining features.

The second one does look like a bluegill but with a bass mouth. interesting...

Since bass are members of the sunfish family I suppose there may be a possibility of hybridization but I've never heard of it.

Based on the size of the second fish, I would say it's some kind of sunfish but not a bass. Back in the fuzzy areas of my memory I have seen that fish before but I can't remember where. I 've seen the squiggly blue lines as well.

If I had to take a stab at it I would say it's a green sunfish.
 

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good stab, i would concur on the green sunfish for sure, and ther others look like crappie also
 

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scchase said:
First one is a Black Crappie to be more specific second is a Green Sunfish.
i was going to say that but didnt want to sound racist. ;D
 

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Thanks, guys. I am really confident in my ability to tell a pine tree from an oak, and a catfish from a trout....but after that my biological expertise starts to get iffy.
 

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Amster,
You should forward that second picture that looks like the Sunfish/Bass to the Colorado DOW. You may have discovered some new phenom in Colorado. Oh and I am serious.
 

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naw its just your typical green sunfish, catch them all the time at brush hollow

 
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