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Here's the shiner I'm wondering about. My guess is that is is a common shiner.

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Is that not a shad?

I could be wrong and most likey I am.

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It could be. I have no idea. I thought maybe common shiner but they have fins that are more red than this one so I am confused. There are some in my bait tank that are even bigger than this one. 6-7 inchers.

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It is a Common Shiner. I have caught quie a few of them seining for smelt on the grindstone river. I asked the DNR out there what type of minnow it was and he said it was a common shiner. We were catching hundreds of them, but i don't know why you never see them in any bait shops? Maybe they only run a couple weeks out of the year and are hard to catch after that. But that is a big one, and i heard of some as long as 10 inches.

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I guess I will say common shiner also.

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Common Shiner for sure. We catch many of them and we they get tossed in the cooler on ice for a later purpose.

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looks like a common shiner to me. I would guess the reddish fins are a breeding thing. Or, it could be a Nocomis biggutatus, the hornyhead chub. Don't think you'd confuse that with a shiner though.

However, if you get down into the SW corner of the state (MO river drainage) the red-finned ones are C. lutrensis, the red shiner. They are actually quite invasive if introduced out of their native areas, so be careful if you are seining bait down there.

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So tyler, would these work fine if frozen and used as cut bait later in the year. If what Jovan said is true, and they only run for a short period of time, I'd sure like to get a bunch vaccuum sealed and frozen because they sure look like they'd make great bait for cats and even for a tip up rig for pike during the winter.

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So tyler, would these work fine if frozen and used as cut bait later in the year. If what Jovan said is true, and they only run for a short period of time, I'd sure like to get a bunch vaccuum sealed and frozen because they sure look like they'd make great bait for cats and even for a tip up rig for pike during the winter.

They should work for you frozen and thawed at a later date. I caught many of my cats through the ice on common shiner. They are best fresh as they are very oily and super scented and the freeze/thaw factor removes some of that, but they will still work. Red meated critter too. Even caught a musky and a few pike on them through the ice.

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Ya that's kind of what popped into my mind right away, a good bait to try on a tip-up. I'll have to try it for cats through the ice, but seeing as to how well I did with fathead minnow heads last winter I don't know if I'll even need to try the shiner. Thanks for the tip.

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Common Shiner for sure. We catch many of them and we they get tossed in the cooler on ice for a later purpose.

Later purpose...like a snack after a few too many barley pops?

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