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lovetofishMT
08-23-2006, 06:00 PM
I caught a crappie the other day in Montana and it had red dots on both sides of the gills. What kind of crappie was it? Just trying to find out

Barnacle Bill
08-23-2006, 06:09 PM
I caught a crappie the other day in Montana and it had red dots on both sides of the gills. What kind of crappie was it? Just trying to find out

Is this what you caught?
http://www.suttlefish.com/redear.htm

stumpjumper
08-24-2006, 01:27 AM
if that was the fish you caught love to fish the It wasn't a crappie, but a red-ear--a.k.a. shellcracker.

crappiechappy
08-24-2006, 08:06 AM
sounds like a shellcracker to me too.

lovetofishMT
08-24-2006, 11:12 AM
But why would those be in a lake in higher elevations in mT?

Hightekrednek
08-24-2006, 05:23 PM
The shellcracker, to the best of my knowledge is a warm-climate fish. I've never heard of any living in anywhere with a mentionable winter, let alone montana

willsjwills
08-24-2006, 06:07 PM
for various reasons unknown to man some way fish have a way to populate lakes. how do trout get into landlocked lakes? same way the shell cracker did.

EDDY CREEK BANDIT
08-24-2006, 06:40 PM
The winter gets prety cool here in Kentucky. Shellcrackers are in just about every water that I know of in Western Kentucky.

CrappiePappy
08-24-2006, 11:53 PM
But why would those be in a lake in higher elevations in mT?

Montana has NO ESTABLISHED RECORD for Redear Sunfish !!!

http://landbigfish.com/staterecords/fishrecords.cfm?ID=32

Did the fish look like this : (pic of Redear Sunfish)

http://www.iowadnr.com/fish/iafish/images/rder.gif

If, in fact, your fish was a Redear Sunfish (aka Shellcracker) ... it's well outside of its normal distribution range. It was possibly transported or transplanted. Check the "distribution charts" on this site :
http://www.natureserve.org/explorer/servlet/NatureServe?searchName=LEPOMIS+MICROLOPHUS

If it does verify as a Redear Sunfish ..... you may have caught a "state record", if MT recognizes it as a viable species for such a record. Although, as far out of its normal range, as it is, it may well be catagorized as an "exotic" ... and, as such, may not be considered. In either case, and especially if you still have the fish, your F&W/DNR people may still be interested in it. ... cp :cool:

Cachuma
08-25-2006, 12:53 AM
ok....umm since we're all talking about redear...has anyone ever had the problem of these fish pooping on you when you take the hook out....because....they always do that to me..and its only the redear that do it....i was just wondering if this is common

eastkycrappie
08-25-2006, 01:42 AM
ok....umm since we're all talking about redear...has anyone ever had the problem of these fish pooping on you when you take the hook out....because....they always do that to me..and its only the redear that do it....i was just wondering if this is common

Thats a pretty crappy situation there.:p:D

Cincinnati
08-25-2006, 02:23 AM
Ha ha ha ! good one!

Cachuma
08-25-2006, 11:36 AM
yeah it is...lol =D...but seriously...it s becoming a real bad problem.hah

bowdenja
08-25-2006, 01:36 PM
Shellcrackers...............poop

Big Bull Bluegills......... pee

Ain't nothing about fishing very clean............. except my plate when I eat em:p

Roberta
08-25-2006, 03:53 PM
They also have a touch of red on their gill plates.

I don't know that I've ever caught a redear here in Ohio. I've always thought of them as a Southern species.
- Roberta

Jerry Blake
08-25-2006, 04:10 PM
Here's some good info I Googled up on the Redear Sunfish - http://www.natureserve.org/explorer/servlet/NatureServe?searchName=LEPOMIS+MICROLOPHUS
Click on "Distribution" to see their range.

This site has records for 24 states - http://www.landbigfish.com/staterecords/fishrecords.cfm?ID=32

Darryl Morris
08-25-2006, 05:23 PM
ok....umm since we're all talking about redear...has anyone ever had the problem of these fish pooping on you when you take the hook out....because....they always do that to me..and its only the redear that do it....i was just wondering if this is common

If you don't squeeze them so hard they'll weigh more, LOL.

Yeah, I've not paid too much attention of what species does what but I've had many a client comment on what the fish is doing. I've had many a bream pee everywhere and other species (mostly bass and catfish) poop all over my boat. Needless to say, I still think it's okay to eat a cracker dropped on the deck of my boat. LOL.

DRPEPPER
08-28-2006, 11:59 AM
Ain't nothing I love better to do than to make a big blue gill pee on somebody. This is how my son and I initiate his girlfreinds. I (or he) will act like we are going to educate the girl with a caught 'gill. A slight squeeze will get it to peeing on their leg. It's a hoot.