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I'm starting a thread on the different species of fish you've caught in colorado this year. List them here. (even fish so called "trash fish".)
Rainbow trout-largest 25"
Colorado River Cutthroat Trout-largest 13"
Brown Trout- largest 20"
Cuttbow trout-largest 24" and very fat. heaviest fish of the year at 7.5#
Lake trout (mackinaw)- 6.5lbs and 24"
Northern Pike- 25"
Yellow perch-13"
black crappie-13"
largemouth bass-19.5" is longest, heaviest 18"
smallmouth bass-13 or 14" guess
walleye-18"
bluegill-10.5"
green sunfish-10"
white sucker-not sure on biggest for last 5
bluehead sucker- not sure on biggest for last 5
flannelmouth sucker-not sure on biggest for last 5
roundtail chub-not sure on biggest for last 5
channel catfish-not sure on biggest for last 5

I'm looking to add brook trout to that on sunday! (doing a combo carson in the morning juniata in the evening trip. Should catch a limit of brookies in the morning then a limit of walleyes in the evening. :))

BTW: after mattsabasser listed his largest of given species I did the same.
 

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Rainbow trout... Rainbow Trout.... Rainbow Trout...
Largemouth bass
bluegill
green sunfish
black crappie

Cutbow Trout... Rainbow trout... Rainbow Trout
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Goldfish
Koi

Rainbow Trout.... Rainbow Trout... (mostly all stockers few hold overs a few out of the arkansas that werent stockers, but lately the stockers I've caught swim straight for shore once hooked its pretty funny)
OH and lastly crayfish (does this count as a fish?? :p )

Hopefully this summer that list will grow, as I am now targeting certain species in hopes to catch something besides stockers.


Oh I caught a perch today thats another added to the list.
 

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*   yellow perch
*   walleye
*   smallmouth bass
*   largemouth bass
*   bluegill
*   channel catfish
*   pumpkinseed
*   wiper
*   whitebass
*   black crappie
*   carp
*   stocker rainbows
*   stocker cuttbows(?)
*   lake trout

Like TFB, the brookie is to be added maybe this weekend. I also need to get into some brown trout on rapalas, that sounds like real fun! Oh and a grayling, but that's way out of my league.
 

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So far...

Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Common Carp
Misc. Sunfish
A Sunfish/Crappie hybird mutant

-DK
 

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A Sunfish/Crappie hybird mutant

-DK
DK, where'd you get that? I would love to challenge a taxidermist to replicate something weird like that!
 

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Good thread! Colorado has great diversity of wildlife, terrain, climate and FISH!

Species: Best of species 2005:
Rainbow trout 18 inches
Brown Trout 20 inches
Northern Pike 28 inches
Yellow perch 10 inches
black crappie 10 inches
White crappie 8 inches
largemouth bass 20.25" 4.9 lbs.
smallmouth bass 17" 3.5 lbs.
bluegill 10 inches
green sunfish 8 inches
common carp 22 inches

I have also caught a 24" Donaldson steelhead and an incredible 28" rainbow but that was on private property and not sure that counts.



This is a green sunfish, correct? (see photo) The hybrids are a mix between bluegill (or green sunfish) and white crappie...correct? I've gone over the fish ID photos and still a bit fuzzy on the subject.
 

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DK, where'd you get that? I would love to challenge a taxidermist to replicate something weird like that!
Got that at Sawhill Ponds. Originally I thought it was a Bass/Sunfish/Crappie hybird mutant, but now I think that the bass features were only a coincidence. But it sure fought like a bass. This fish had a mouth like a crappie (but a little larger, like a bass). The overall body proportions were similar to a bass (more torpedo than panfish). From the gill spot forward it was colored like a bluegill. And from the gill spot back it looked like an irridecent white crappie. I wish I had a camera with me for that one. It was only about 6 ot 7 inches long.

It looked nothing like the photo that Mattsabasser posted. The body was more irredecent silver than green. And I'll never forget that mouth. It gaped, like a bass and somewhat like a crappie.

-DK
 

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yes mattsabasser that is a green sunfish. They are the most aggressive and hard fighting of the panfish family I've found.

I guess I'll list the biggest too, like mattsabasser did. I'll edit my old post.
 

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Mattsabasser

I'm thinking 75% that's a regular ol' green sunfish, but it's quite possible that's a hybrid bluegill with most of the green sunfish traits. Hybrid bluegills are generally a bluegill hybridized with some other sunfish, but in the fish farm industry, they're generally greensunfish/bluegill hybrids. Your's got a lil rounder of a body shape, but green sunfish colors. Plus the proportion of the mouth to the body is a lil small for a common green sunfish. Here are some comparisons:

Hybrid Bluegill
<img src="http://tinypic.com/5mzvd0" alt="Image hosted by TinyPic.com">

Green Sunfish
<img src="http://tinypic.com/5mzw9j" alt="Image hosted by TinyPic.com">
 

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TFB: This is a very good thread you started. Thanks. This panfish discussion is drifting a lil far, I know, mah bad.. "and I call myself a moderator?"..... So I might start a thread on that.

DK: Here's a wild guess.. Maybe a sacramento perch? I know they were stocked in Banner Lakes east of Hudson way back then because we've got a state record sacramento perch listed from there. That's still one of my blank checkboxes on my list of "fish I have caught".

Did it look anything like this?
<img src="http://tinypic.com/5n0hly" alt="Image hosted by TinyPic.com">
 

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1eyeRed: No it wasn't a sacramento perch. The coloration was definately a cross between a bluegill and a crappie. The "body shape" is almost exactly like the green sunfish picture you posted (the small fish in someones hand). From the gill spot back, however, the fish was similar to an irredecent white crappie. The thing that really suprised me was the mouth. It had a gape like a bass in that you could lip it, look in, and see the gills and stuff exactly like a bass but a little smaller. Definately not a bluegill mouth...
 

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DavidK...

Hmmm.. Interesting. Welps, it will be another unsolved mystery! But hey, check this.. If you caught one, you might catch more outta there. If ya go again.... Bring a camera.. And if ya got like a 20 to 50 gallon aquarium that needs something "cool.........."

You know the rest.

My elementary school mentality says I should go check out that pond that you're visiting. I used to have all kinds of thumbsized pumpkinseeds and green sunfishes in 10 and 20 gal tanks with "real pond" terrain and everything.
 

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My elementary school mentality says I should go check out that pond that you're visiting.
I forget exactly which pond it was, but I think it was pond #8, 9, 10, or 11. Probably #10. And I got it on either a tiny silver Rapala or a gold spinner (that's all I was using that day).

Normally I have my cell phone w/camera with me, but for some reason I didn't have it that day. Next time I'll for sure have it with me.

I used to be really into aquariums, both saltwater and fresh. I've even written a couple of aquarium magazine articles. But I haven't done that in 5+ years now. I do have an empty 20 gallon that I was thinking of keeping live minnows in (before I fish with them, that is).

But I suspect that we're getting a bit off thread...
 

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walleye 26 1/4
wiper 17 inches
laremouth bass 22 inches, 2 20 inchers
some 20 inch pike
35 inch pike
38 inch pike
10 inch bluegill
10 inch smallmouth bass
small white bass 9 to 11 inches
 

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Matt,

I have also caught a 24" Donaldson steelhead and an incredible 28" rainbow but that was on private property and not sure that counts.
Legally taken sounds like it qualifies to me!

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A short list for me :mad: I need to fix that!

Rainbow Trout
Brook Trout
Walleye
Smallmouth Bass
Bluegill

Fish needing to be caught by me.........
Wiper
White Bass
Yellow Perch
Channel Catfish
Northern
Carp
Crappie

Jay, where did you get your crappie from?

Dan
 

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this is a short list

carp
wiper


thats it no catfish this year yet or anything else
i need to catch something
 
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