Feel like a dork asking...but

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  1. TonyZ

    TonyZ Member

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    I was on a creek Today i have fished countless times and came into huge schools of fish I have never seen before. I hooked into several and they looked like an outline of a thin Kokanee while still in the water. All were around 5-6 inches long. Dark on top, almost black, with white belly and bright orange stripes on either side of their belly from the mouth all they way back to the Caudal fin. The scales were rough and sand papery and the mouth was closer to a carp than a trout.

    I saw thousands of these things throughout the day. Oh yah, caught my fare share of rainbows and cut bows too.

    What are they!?!? I googled like hell without success.
     
  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I was fishing Pilchuck Creek one time many years ago I ran into the same thing as you did. I never found out what they were either. Good luck on your hunt. The ones I saw, they were skittish. I never did catch any of them.
     
  3. Pontooner

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    Invasion of the Peamouth Chub!
     
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  4. TonyZ

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    Spot on... Amazing I have never come into contact with one in 20+ years of fishing this creek. Good to read they are native to this Columbia r trib.
     
  5. Smalma

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    Yes peamouth chubs on their spawning run; normally in late May through mid-June. The red/orange stripes are found on the males during breeding.

    Curt
     
  6. Greg Armstrong

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    Did it look like this?
    I'd never seen one before either, until I caught this guy on a Puget Sound stream a year or two ago.

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  7. msteudel

    msteudel Mark Steudel

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    Caught some of those on the Sammamish slough
     
  8. dflett68

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    used to get them all the time fishing juanita creek and bear creek as a kid - same thing, when they run in early summer. didn't know they were chubs at the time, just called them suckers. even though i hated them at the time, it brings back a lot of great primal fishing memories.
     
  9. TonyZ

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    exactly!
     
  10. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    I want to address the "dork" term, this is an excellent forum with an incredible pool of people, many of whom are experts in fish, fishing, fly fishing and a number of other areas. It is an incredible resource to find the answers to many things. I learned something from your question and hope you'll feel free to continue to throw your inquiries in the hat. There ain't no such thing as a stupid question unless you already know the answer and just want the attention.
     
  11. Jim Speaker

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    Looks like what my dad and I caught on the Cedar a long time ago when I was a kid... there was a massive school of them in the tail of a pool we were fishing.
     
  12. tythetier

    tythetier Fish Slayer

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    I have caught one on the Cedar as well. One of only two fish I ever caught on that river.
    Agree with Upton, dont sweat it unless you are just being a D.A., which you were not in this post.
     
  13. Jack Devlin

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    Lets get working on some Peamouth Chub patterns.
    Jack
     
  14. Brian White

    Brian White Recovering Bugmeister

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    My first time out on the Cedar this year (opening weekend) I saw tons of those chub. they were podded up in several areas. Their orange stripe is pretty pronounced
     
  15. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Never seen or caught one of these. Are they like whitefish and will take conventional patterns on top and drowned?