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Las Vegas wash, what are these fish?
I took the dog for walk out around Las Vegas wash area, and I have been bringing my video camera everywhere lately. Right as we got to the water I saw a pretty big fish swim into the depths, so I started taking video as we where walking. Sure enough a saw a few more but couldn't get them on video. I started creeping really slow while filming, and finally crept up on a couple of them sitting in the shallows. These guys are about 2lb+.

Now I usually take better video then this roflSmile, but I was a little excited. The video reminds me of a bigfoot sighting lol. It was never really in focus and when it did i was zoomed in to close lol.

This is the video link

This was the area, right in the green dot.


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Re: [Jimboslice] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
Look like Carp to me.

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Re: [jebusmc] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
The video must not show what they look like good enough. They are for sure not carp. I'm going to get some better videos one of these days. They look allot like a plecostomus, I'm guessing that is what they are.

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Re: [Jimboslice] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
From the LVwash website:

Survey they are referencing was performed in 2002.
It does mention plecostomus and I do know they can get rather large in size in lakes and rivers.


A total of 7 species were observed in the Wash, none of which are native to Nevada; they are the green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), mosquitofish (Gambusia afinnis), common carp (Cyprinus carpio), black bullhead (Ameiurus melas), red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis), fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) and the aquarium fish, suckermouth catfish (Family Laricariidae: Hypostomus plecostomus). Non-fish species were also found during survey efforts; they include the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii), spiny softshell turtle (Trionyx spiniferus), bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), red eared slider (Trachemys scripta).
~James
image/jpeg Pleco.jpg (37.1 KB)

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Re: [Sil240sxrwd] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
Looks like big Gizzard Shad.

They have been gill netted in Mead up to 16" and 2 pounds. The Gizzard Shad stay in shallow water as the Threadfin Shad prefers open water.



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Re: [Jimboslice] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
look like plecostomus to me also, they do get pretty big. or maybe tilapia? some of the later shots they look flat like plecos, but the earlier shots the first thing i thought was tilapia
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Re: [syncityangler] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
I viewed the video over and over again in 720 HD. I'm honestly stumped at first they look like dark carp holding in the current. Towards the end of the video you can clearly see those pleco "like" spots. The only way to know for sure is catch oneWink

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Re: [Jimboslice] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
Interesting. Looks like a pleco or tilapia to me. Get out the speargun.







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Re: [Jimboslice] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
Im going to go back untill I get much clearer videos and or photos.

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Re: [Jimboslice] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
jimbo, the wash is full of aquarium fish - I have a friend who caught a huge cichlid on a fly! Theres plenty of strange species there as sil240sxrowd said

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Re: [ihuntforfish] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
yeah it does have alot of aquarium fish, i was feeding ladybugs to green terror cichlids in the wash last year i thought for sure they were small peacock bass untill i got a better look at them, but it made me want to get out my flyrod lol Fish On
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Re: [syncityangler] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
I went back to the wash and snuck up on them this time. I seen about 10 large ones right in the same area. Then a big turtle at the end. Lots of little fresh water tropical fish also like syncityangler said, mostly Platys. I did see some kind of cichlids too.

Las Vegas Wash Plecostomus!! Good Video
(This post was edited by Jimboslice on Jun 16, 2011, 3:35 PM)

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Re: [Jimboslice] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
Nice vid Wink

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Re: [4poundonly] Las Vegas wash, what are these fish? In reply to
great video jimbo, those plecos are huuuge!! not sure what kind of impact they will have in the lake but they do love to eat algae but then again it could hurt the shad population to some extent.
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(This post was edited by syncityangler on Jun 16, 2011, 6:24 PM)