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.
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 "Yep River" then I'll do it again and go "whooo might be a Greater" anyways, have a look, thanks!
Clearly a River:
But Look at this pretty fella! Just a pretty River or is this a Greater?
Close up of tail region: