Black or brown bullhead??

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fishinnick
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Black or brown bullhead??

Obviously not a yellow. Back in 2008 when I caught the fish I originally thought it was a brown, but now that I look at it more I'm also considering black. Mostly because of the lack of mottling pattern, though there does appear to be a little? It's not the greatest of photos with the lighting and all, but should be good enough to ID I hope. I've gotten for-sure browns since, and plenty of yellows. Not sure I've ever gotten a black.....unless this is one. What do you guys think?

If was caught out of the lower portion of the Rocky River on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. Lake Erie tribuatry

drawer.bli
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Black. The pronounced

Black. The pronounced crescent on the tail is a dead give-away.

Corey
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Black Bullhead

With fewer than 21 anal fin rays, it can only be a black bullhead.

 

fishinnick
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Thanks guys!!! Greatly

Thanks guys!!! Greatly appreciated. In the past I haven't paid too much attention to detail when it comes to bullheads(don't have a ton of experience with them either). Just the basics........white whiskers on bottom=yellow, clearly mottled=brown, etc. but I'm gonna have to observe these things a little bit more. Good stuff!

 

I have some other pics of fish that I'm now cratching my head about. Not the greatest quality photos for observing those traits, but I may still post them anyway. Who doesn't like fish pics.....

andy
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Keep the pics coming!

I say black bullhead as well.  

 

Please do post more photos of questionable identification!  It's Winter, we have nothing better to do than look at new fish photos.

 

fishinnick
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Ok, here's a couple more. I

Ok, here's a couple more. I adjusted the brightness. Feeling confident that the first two are both browns. Was kinda considering black for the third, but I came up with an anal fin ray count of around 23ish.....so that's that. All from the same body of water. Thought I had more pics from there but I guess not.

 

 

 

Wisfisher
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Best way to tell is by the

Best way to tell is by the chin whiskers. Blacks arevall black or dark grey. Browns have black tips and gray/whitish at the base. Yellows are all white.

Any fish species is worth catching.