I stand corrected. Spottailed shiner looks like the right call.
Yeah it's definitely a new species for me. Glad I caught it! I'm leaning towards spottail shiner now after doing a little research. If I was tip up fishing I would have put it down a hole that's for sure. I was looking for perch and kept getting tiny bites on my spoon, finally hooked into whatever they were and this is what came up.
All I know is I wish I caught it! That'd be a new species for me!
Spotfin Shiner is not a bad call but I'd go with Emerald Shiner.
It’s not a smelt but it looks similar and now I’m hungry for some.
Spot tail minnow.