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Golden Shiner

SCIENTIFIC NAME : Notemigonus chrysoleucas

OTHER NAMES: Wild Shiner, Shiner

RANGE: Widely distributed along the east coast of North America from Canada south and throughout Florida and as far west as the Dakotas.

HABITAT: Typical of vegetated ponds and lakes, also found in slack waters of rivers.

DESCRIPTION: A golden hue with reddish fins is typical of this species that has a small soft-rayed dorsal fin and like other shiners has a lateral line (the series of sensory holes along the side of a fish) that dips downward.

SIZE: They live up to about 5 years and reach a maximum size of nearly one foot.

FOOD VALUE: none, Primarily used as bait.


TACKLE AND BAITS: Will respond to chum and can then be cast netted or taken on small hooks with dough balls around grass.



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