While fishing in the Connecticutt River in Colbrook we hooked an interesting little minnow that was feeding in and around the rocks. We caught it on a small piece of worm intended for a round whitefish. This little guy had seen better days since half of his tail was nearly gone.
|Even with his injury, this fish could swim around and find food.|
We knew it was a minnow, but what species? We tried to use a key to identify it but we thought maybe it was a creek chub or some kind of dace.
|At 3.5 inches this fish ranks close to the smallest fish we ever caught.|
|The number of rays in a fish's dorsal fin is usually a distinguishing factor that leads to identification. Sopttails have eight. rays.|
|The mouth is slightly below the snout.|
|A good amount of the tail was gone, but enough to identify it.|
|A rather distinct head shape once you know what to look for.|
We are now 19 away from catching the 48 freshwater fish in New Hampshire listed at the NH Fish and Game website. It is time to write the book about our adventures which will be a combination of our newspaper stories and detailed accounts. We are looking for a publisher, so let us know if you know one.