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.
Emerald shiner. The spot on a spot tail shiner is at the point where the body and fin meet. If you can keep them alive they are one of the best baits as they are constantly moving.
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.