Carpsucker, River Casey Shanaberger

Carpsucker, River
Des Moines River, IA
Date Caught: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
I am 99% sure that this is a River Carpsucker. It had a nipple on its lip, its dorsal fin was short (not broken as far as I could see), and it had a much skinnier body than the quillback I've seen before. Caught on a small nightcrawler while fishing for redhorse in a deeper hole. Side note: I have completed my 2017 goal of catching all 3 carpsuckers (all blind-fished too)! This is definitely one of my favorite catches.
Strains, Subspecies, and Hybrids: 


Dr Flathead's picture

Id say its a River Carpsucker as well.  I hope to add that species to my lifelist one day too.  Nice catch!

Casey Shanaberger's picture

Thanks Doc! Sooper stoked about this fish!

"I swear if you catch another drum"

GeluNumber1's picture

That's an awesome fish! Congrats on getting one!

All fish are beautiful.

Casey Shanaberger's picture

Thanks my man! Next time you're around we'll definetly have to go check out the spots I have for them and see if any will join the party.

"I swear if you catch another drum"

FP4LifesDad's picture

Awesome dude! Carpsucker slam, that's amazing buddy! Congrats

tom's picture

Nice catch!! Looks like ya cracked the carpsucker code. I'll admit I'm a little jealous, I though I'd be the first to catch all 3. Congrats! Is there a badge for catching all 3? There should defiinitely be one.

roughfish29's picture

Dude you're the man!!!!!! All 3! That's insane. If we don't already have a "Carpsucker Pimp" award you definately deserve it!

Casey Shanaberger's picture

Thanks dudes! The slam of these fishies has been something I've wanted ever since I found out about them. Kind of a bitter sweet moment knowing I got all three, but now I have to get my 6 midwest reds. It begins again.


Ben- I am DEFINITELY behind naming an award the "Carpsucker Pimp"!

"I swear if you catch another drum"

Hengelaar's picture

Holy crap, that's amazing!

All three Carpsuckers?! That's the stuff of dreams. Stuff of legends.

Congrats on serious radness!

Fishn sure is neat

Goldenfishberg's picture

I second what Ben says, "If we don't already have a "Carpsucker Pimp" award you definately deserve it!" 

Congrats on the hat trick buddy! 

Ya just Can't catch um from the couch.

andy's picture

I think we should have an award too, but I like the Hat Trick because there are only 3 (so far).


Big congrats, dude!