Just want to say sorry for the weak posting as of late.... I recently started a new job that has been occupying way to much of my time. With a 3 day weekend I hope to at least get out there for a while and hangout with a few good friends: Brookie-Bows-and Brownie:)
I recently noticed that quite a bit of traffic is directed to my blog via people searching "horned fish", "horned trout", "horned dace" and "creek chub". So I decided to do a small post for those out there who seem to have such a great interest in the fish. Here in the Driftless some of the streams are filled with these horned creatures. I know of a few streams where these fish tend to be a lot bigger than most. I personally see them as a sign that the stream is healthy and doing well. When fishing for trout, if you feel some hits that seem to be almost like a Bluegill, chances are its a chub or "horned dace" nibbling on your fly. Here are a few pics of them and a little bit of info on them.
|Little Bro with a chubster Horned Dace :)|
"The creek chub is a medium-sized minnow that can reach lengths of 8-10 inches. Throughout most of the year creek chubs appear black or bluish above and silvery below, though during the spring spawning season male creek chubs take on a bright, rosy color and develop at least four large tubercles on each side of their heads. These breeding tubercles are the basis for one of the common names for the creek chub, "horned dace." Creek chubs also have a single, small barbel in the corner of each jaw that is sometimes hidden between the maxillary and pre-maxillary bones. Adult fish are most easily identified by a prominent dark spot at the base of the dorsal fin. The male creek chub builds and carefully guards a mound of small stones in which the eggs are deposited." .....info courtesy of :
Driftless Creek Chub - "Horned Dace"
|Two Chubs at a time :)|
Until Next Time.......Tight Lines to All !!!!!!!