Carpsuckers?

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FP4LifesDad
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Carpsuckers?

After getting to see my first quillback at the roundup, and running into some non-biting and very frustrating carpsuckers on our way back home, I was wondering are there any dead giveaways to tell the difference between a quill, highfin, and river carpsucker?  It looks like doing research that alot of the rivers and streams in their area have 2 and sometimes all 3 of them. The 10 pelvic fin rays on the black redhorse was great info that I added to my redhorse ID chart, but anything specific to look for or try and photo on a carpsucker when we do cross paths with some?

Casey Shanaberger
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The Easiest Giveaway

The easiest way to tell between a quill and a highfin is that the highfins have a "nipple" right in front of their mouth, and quillbacks do not. River carpsuckers also have the nipple, but you can use the dorsal fin to determine which is which. You can usually tell between highfins/quillbacks and river carpsuckers in the water, but there isn't really a way to determine between highfins an quillbacks without catching them.

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.
teach a man to fish, and you'll never see him on weekends.

FP4LifesDad
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Thanks Casey, great info.  So

Thanks Casey, great info.  So when we do cross paths I'll be sure to get good photos of the mouth and the dorsal fin areas for correct ID.  Much apprecaited buddy!