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    Default Minnow Bucket Fish ID Question

    This was in my minnows....this is not a minnow (I figured that out on my own) . I recall seeing something similar in a post once but cannot find the post.


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    Stickleback I'm thinking after some googling? I also received a creek chub, and two different varieties of minnows with a two dozen minnow purchase....this is why you never, EVER dump your minnows when done fishing.

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    Yup, stickleback as far as I know. We got loads of them in Canada, which sucked because the walleye didn't seem to like them.

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    I've gotten a few of them in my bucket before. Fish don't seem to like them.


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    As far as I know, nothing will eat them, always seem to get a few in with the minnows, espesially during the summer, along with a few bullheads.

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    With the spines I'm not surprised nothing eats em.

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    Pretty sure I had one of those in with my minnows up at gavins point last trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeonbob View Post
    .this is why you never, EVER dump your minnows when done fishing.
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    yea, ive had a few of them in my minnows before.......

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    Looks like a Brook Stickleback per the NGPC online ID tool. Good skeeter eater!
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    Hmmm. Need to add one to "Beight's" bowl and take it out to the back yard!

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    I was going to add this to another post, but this one is as good as any. At some point during our trip back to Omaha from Gavins Point, the batteries in the aerator died, leaving all but one fish dead in my minnow bucket. Except that it wasn't a fathead minnow.



    Same fish as the one you found? At one point during our trip, another angler who was leaving offered to give us his minnows. He added them to my bucket. So now I'm not sure if it came from Scheels, where I almost always get my minnows and have never ran across this, or this gentleman had it in his bucket.
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    He has since died and now his fins are flared up. Definitely seeing what you're seeing, stickleback.

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    That is the North American version of the fish you don't want to let in your shorts while wading.

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    Those are some nasty looking little buggers. I wonder if they eat minnows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha View Post
    I was going to add this to another post, but this one is as good as any. At some point during our trip back to Omaha from Gavins Point, the batteries in the aerator died, leaving all but one fish dead in my minnow bucket. Except that it wasn't a fathead minnow.



    Same fish as the one you found? At one point during our trip, another angler who was leaving offered to give us his minnows. He added them to my bucket. So now I'm not sure if it came from Scheels, where I almost always get my minnows and have never ran across this, or this gentleman had it in his bucket.
    Told ya to change the batteries.

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    That is too funny. I just had one in my minnow bucket last week. I reached in to grab a minnow out and got a hand full of fin which kind of hurt. First time I had ever seen one, that I know of. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedefiningFate View Post
    Told ya to change the batteries.
    It was still humming when we left Gavins. I kept having Tyler check it while we were driving, but the weather kind of distracted me and I never reminded him after Sioux City.
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    Posted this on the other thread, copying it here. . . .



    That is a brook stickleback. That is one species that is not unusual to find in bait shop minnow tanks.

    Which, and you knew the pointy-headed fisheries biologist would have to say this, is exactly why you do NOT dump your minnow bucket in the lake when you are done fishing--it is illegal and it could ruin your best fishing spot! Brook sticklebacks are not necessarily a threat, but that is just an example of the unusual and unwanted things that show up in minnow buckets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitetips View Post
    but that is just an example of the unusual and unwanted things that show up in minnow buckets.

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    Yep! I've also heard bullheads are fairly common in minnow buckets. Obviously don't want to go tossing them in just any body of water.
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