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Differentiating a June Sucker from a Carp

By on March 21, 2017

Hey Utah Bowfishers! It’s about that time of year to check that all your gear is still intact and renew your fishing license if you let it lapse. Just a reminder that June sucker are federally listed as an endangered species so it’s important to refresh ourselves on the difference between June sucker and Carp.

 June Sucker Attributes Carp Attributes
  • Gray or brownish with a paler belly
  • Relatively long head tipped by a blunt snout
  • Large mouth positioned low on the face
  • Long and torpedolike body
  • Grows up to 24 inches
  • Square dorsal fin is centered on the back
  • The tail fin has pointed lobes
  • Anal fin is rounded
  • Gray, brassy green, or yellowish green
  • Body covered in large scales
  • Barbels on each side of the mouth
  • Thick bodies
  • Long dorsal fin
  • Large spine is present at the front of the dorsal fin
  • The tail fin is deeply forked with rounded lobes

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