Cool looking fish

Was fishing at the roller dam when we caught this fish. And we have no idea what it is. Everyone thinks its a gar but its not. Any ideas?

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Beth says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:06 PM

A sturgeon?

jon says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:07 PM

Sturgeon.

dave says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:08 PM

Shovelnose Sturgeon

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:08 PM

A sturgeon

ozman says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:09 PM

sturgeon

Taylor says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:13 PM

That kid better have let that Sturgeon back into the water.

Dawn says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:15 PM

Gross, I'm scarred for life after googling a shovenose sturgeon.

randy says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:23 PM

sand sturgeon

Ash says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:24 PM

Why Tyler? The Cedar is seriously riddled with them! My brother in law has caught 3 already and my nephew caught a few also this summer. I've caught my fair share of them in past years also! So, I think the Cedar can survive with one less Sturgeon.

clay says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:31 PM

Its a stergeon

Kathy says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:36 PM

Dog Fish?

austin wood says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:42 PM

Catch them all the time in the cedar. Caught 16 in 2 days with my buddy by rochester on the cedar

hello.... says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:47 PM

Sturgeon are endangered.....throw them back.

Shovelnose Sturgeon says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:48 PM

Some good eating if you know what your doing

Sharon says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:49 PM

sturgeon I have seen them in lake erie michigan

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:50 PM

Sturgeon

nathan says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 9:51 PM

That is a sturgon throw it back in

L B says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 10:00 PM

Sturgeon they are good smoked. And they are not endangered, you can keep them. There are tons of them in the Cedar River, I have caught them south of Palisades State Park.

Bryce says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 10:22 PM

Shovelnose Sturgeon. Fairly common in Iowa rivers.

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 10:47 PM

Iowa dnr says that the lake and pallid sturgeons ARE on the endangered or threatened list and the only sturgeon that you can keep is the shovelnose. That is not a shovel nose.

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Sep 25 at 11:08 PM

Shovel nose sturgeon. Most sturgeons are endangered but last I knew this one is not and I hear its a good fish to eat when smoked.

Scott says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 4:28 AM

Shovel, he can keep.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 7:33 AM

Shovel nose sturgeon have caught many in the cedar river. Regulation book says you CAN keep them

the monster says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 9:43 AM

Lockness!! Finally!

Nichole Payne says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 1:11 PM

Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, most commonly known as the shovelnose sturgeon which is the only species of sturgeon in Iowa that is legal to fish for. All others are endangered.

Tara says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 4:06 PM

its a sturgeon

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 5:52 PM

sturgeon

JoAnne says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 9:12 PM

It's a shovelnose sturgeon. I'm a non-game fish biologist so I know what I'm talking about. They're primarily harvested for their caviar, usually commercially. Their eggs are black if I remember right.

Lauren says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 9:29 PM

Definitely a shovelnose sturgeon. I wouldn't eat it as they have a very bony body that makes it hard to fillet, and they are bottom feeders.

Seymore Butts says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 9:40 PM

Well be everyones elses comments. I say its a Sturgeon.

fishcatcher88 says ... on Thursday, Sep 26 at 9:41 PM

Yup! thats called a fish.

Nic says ... on Friday, Sep 27 at 1:31 AM

It is an Alabama Sturgeon

Pallid says ... on Friday, Sep 27 at 9:31 PM

It could be a pallid sturgeon or a shovel nose

Jared says ... on Saturday, Sep 28 at 6:16 AM

Definitely a shovel nose sturgeon. I've caught a few below the roller dam, just like you did.

Tish says ... on Sunday, Sep 29 at 11:15 PM

That's a catfish but the name of it is sturgeon

Tyler says ... on Tuesday, Oct 1 at 7:30 AM

that's most likely an eel.

j says ... on Wednesday, Oct 2 at 8:29 AM

it a dog

jaime says ... on Wednesday, Oct 2 at 8:31 AM

it a dog i know i have one just like it

logan says ... on Wednesday, Oct 2 at 1:03 PM

looks like a odd breed of sturgeon to me send it to the picture to the dnr and they can probably get it identified.

Zach says ... on Wednesday, Oct 2 at 8:59 PM

Its a shovelnose sturgeon (also called sand sturgeon). And they aren't bony at all. They have 3 rows of armor plating running down their backs and a cartilage spine. If you cut out the spine and cut off the head and tail they actually smoke great.

Hunter says ... on Thursday, Oct 3 at 8:42 AM

That is not a dogfish, dogfish have two little 'fins' that stick up on the top, where obviously this fish only has 1, also, the head is not the correct shape for a dogfish, it is a Shovelnose, the head is pointed, like a shovel, hence the name.

Christina says ... on Friday, Oct 4 at 8:36 AM

I went to school for Parks and Natural resources I am very sure it's a Shovel Nose Sturgeon lucky you!

Marc says ... on Friday, Oct 4 at 8:53 AM

Could be a rare fresh water mermaid prior to coming out...

Chris says ... on Saturday, Oct 5 at 9:44 AM

it is a shovelnose sturgeon. The population of these are plentiful so they are perfectly legal to keep and there is no season for them unlike the paddlefish. Sturgeon are very good smoked and I have had it fried. And yes very neat looking fun catch.

Martin E says ... on Monday, Oct 7 at 9:08 AM

its a shovelnose sturgeon... caught a few of these below the 5 in 1 as well. the only time i seem to catch them though is while its raining. wierd

Brennan Brown says ... on Thursday, Oct 10 at 6:13 PM

It looks like a sturgeon one of the rarest fish on earth I hope you released it

Johnny says ... on Tuesday, Oct 22 at 5:05 PM

It is a stergion. I have caught a few of them in my past at the roller dam. There to be thrown back into the river. They are protected under the DNR rules from what I have been told by the IDNR.

Jody says ... on Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:16 PM

I did a search and it said shovel nose will have scales on the belly and pallid will have a smooth skin belly. The barbels on the pallid are different. The inner barbels are shorter and raised,,,closer to the nose. The outer barbels are long.

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Nov 1 at 10:13 AM

Hope you released it too!!

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Nov 4 at 2:26 PM

It's a sturgeon

Justin says ... on Friday, Nov 8 at 10:54 AM

The shovelnose sturgeon is the only sturgeon species in Iowa that can legally be fished. The shovelnose species of this fish aren't endangered, and the large population of this particular fish means the daily bag limit is set at 10 in all waters

Justin says ... on Friday, Nov 8 at 10:55 AM

where fishing for this species is allowed. The Big Sioux River is a closed area where shovelnose fishing is not allowed, and dams 11, 12, and 13 on the Mississippi River are closed Dec. 1 through March 15. Otherwise fishing for shovelnose sturgeon is

charlesjmichaelson@gmail.com says ... on Thursday, Nov 28 at 11:29 AM

It looks like a walking catfish

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