Always Fun Redhorse Identification Threads

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Always Fun Redhorse Identification Threads
<p>Hey all,</p> <p>Concluded our epic eight day annual River journey earlier this month and man was fishing fantastic. Smallmouth up to 21 inches, River Redhorse up to our eyeballs and overall just outstanding action. Additionally we were embarrassed by Muskies left and right on the first few days of the trip having close to eight encounters and not able to convert one of them. A few of our guys finally stepped up and landed three including a 42" on our second to last day.</p> <p>Anyways, the question here is about This extra pretty specimen attached. We are well aware that 95% of the bigger horse we catch on this stretch are Rivers...Super pointy upper tail fin, big blunt face etc. We caught a couple 22 to 23 inch fish this year though that were blindingly red and just seemed to have a slightly different look. I'll count the scales around the tail once and go&nbsp; "Yep River" then I'll do it again and go "whooo might be a Greater" anyways, have a look, thanks!</p> <p><strong>Clearly a River:</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>But Look at this pretty fella! Just a pretty River or is this a Greater?</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Close up of tail region: </strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>
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The fish from your 2nd link looks like a greater to me.

We tend to agree thanks!

We tend to agree thanks!

Outdoors4life's picture
No doubt

1st link River

2nd link Greater

Love the horses!


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Tyler W
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Man, that looks tough. Up to your eyeballs in redhorse... Slogging down a river for 8 days... Battling muskies.... 

Honestly, it reminds me of Shackleton's adventure. Hats off to you guys for persevering in the face of such adversity! 

Tyler W understands The River Man

Tyler W - you understand the plight of The eight day River man hahaha. It is strenuous! What to do if it rains and we have to hole up at camp and drink with vigor? What if the sun doesn't shine and we can't sight fish the Horse??


In all seriousness, it was an amazing trip. A buddy of mine from the trip was over today and we tallied the four trip full-timers scorecards plus my Dad's initial weekend and I think we ended up at just about 200 fish. The four of us who did the full eight days were between 37 and 48 fish a piece for the week. That's accounting for middle week days with bad weather, lack of holes etc.


Another thing I didn't mention is that Sturgeon Claus did come to town, our early waking camp man arose us all with a hearty yell around 7:30am on Tuesday morning of the trip "Hey I got one!!" and landed a beautiful 37 incher. Pic attached...


More stats:


  1. Close to twenty River Redhorse of note caught.
  2. Thanks to the great roughfishers of this site, confirmed we probably had a couple Greaters Too. Ultimately they just have brighter reds!
  3. Muskie action was just amazing.
  4. Best Smallmouth casting action in years.
  5. But - over eight days not one Pike, and we love The veracious Northern Pike.
  6. The only Walleye was a complete embarrasement..11 inches maybe?
  7. And the Channel Cat never showed up :(
  8. But The combined body of work between all Redhorse, Esox M, Smallmouth and Sturgeon, plus the Eagles, Osprey's, Turtles and lack of you-might-be-killed severe weather, made for an outstanding week.

And lastly, all fish are still swimming and healthy.


Biggest Muskie: - somehow four watercraft came together in the middle of a currenty river and were able to land, photo and release this fine specimen and not lose a net, rod or capsize a vessel.

Ohhh man I love the Shorties:

And a Twenty inch Smallie that opened the trip: