Kansas pond bait fish

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by rush_60, May 29, 2009.

  1. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    I was walking around the pond right across the road from my house and found this fish on the shore. Anybody know what it is? I've looked at shad pics and carp bream pics and they are all close but dont seem to be exact matches.
    The history on this pond is that 3 years ago all the channels in this pond where wiped out by grass seeders that were spraying their fertilizer in the pond.:angry::angry: We bought this pond the year after that and last year I saw what I thought was tiny bullheads about 2 inch long. This pond is at the very top of the watershed so no creek flows into it. Its about 3 acres in size. Any new baitfish would have to be carried in by someone or something.
     

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  2. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    Looks like a big shiner to me.
     

  3. dlsloan

    dlsloan Member

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    it looks like it could be a small grass carp or some sort of shiner
     
  4. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    Thats an over grown shiner. Somebody's been fishn you didn't know about. :crazy:
     
  5. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    Dont know what they are either,but we use to catch them down home in a pond about that size and they was the best flathead bait going.
    Very hard to keep alive though.
     
  6. Tuttlecat

    Tuttlecat Active Member

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    Golden shiner

    Used to catch them on a tiny hook and worm.
     
  7. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Thanks everybody. Looks like I got a new bait to try out.
     
  8. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    Looks like what we call a golden shiner or pond shiner. Great flathead bait, and almost as hard to keep alive as shad. The only way we could keep them was a lot of water for a few baits. I have some 7 gal buckets w/lids and I put about 4 in each bucket until I can get them in my bait tank.
     
  9. delbert bumbleshoot

    delbert bumbleshoot New Member

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    Golden Shiner.... good bait...We used them at Okechobee in Florida with a guide for big bass but all we caught was bowfin. I hooked a big ole fish but it turned out to be a 15 lb. flathead. Biggest bass we caught was only 3 lbs. Kind of disappointing. They charged like 8 dollars a dozen for them.
     
  10. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Yup. Golden shiner. Caught them as a kid, ate one just because my
    grandpa had always told me I should eat what I caught. Tasted like
    carp, actually. Yes, I spelled it right. Learned that carp and shiners
    are actually distant relatives when I bought a copy of McClaine's
    Fishing Encyclopedia. Still got the book!