Redhorse, Shorthead Grasshopper47



Crabtree Falls, VA
Date Caught: 
Wednesday, July 5, 1995
Family camping trip....caught on canned corn


Graceclaw's picture

It's hard to tell from the picture, but the body shape, location, and lack of fin coloration indicate it's a White Sucker rather than a Shorthead Redhorse. Do you have any other pictures? 

the pyromaniac's picture

We do have the Atlantic strain (species/subspecies?) of shorthead in this area (I live about an hour and a half to two hours down the road) but I agree that it looks more like a white sucker, though it's quite hard to see it well in this picture.




Let there be fire!

I will search for more pictures. I do know its tail was reddish, not brown....but I will research more. Worst case I'll grab my rod and head back out there later this spring and see about catching them again.  Thanks for the input!

Dr Flathead's picture

Maybe a trout?  Don't look like a sucker species to me. Or maybe a sm bass. Or maybe a chubsucker. Or a chub. Or a flubnucker

uconn fishhead's picture

Challenging... but it appears that the origin of the anal fin falls under the rear of the dorsal fin.  That would eliminate both trout and suckers.  Maybe a Cyprinid - some kind of Chub?

Corey's picture

I'd have to guess hornyhead chub (redtail).