Fish Identification Guide

Carassius auratus
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Not native to the United States. Resembles common carp by having a long dorsal fin and stout, saw-toothed spine at front of both dorsal and anal fins; however, barbels are absent. Usually loses gold color in the wild. Omnivorous, feeding on much the same animal and plant material as carp.
Family: Minnow (Large)
Type: Baitfish
Range: Statewide

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at