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
GAME QUALITIES: None.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Will respond to
chum and can then be cast netted or taken on small hooks with dough
balls around grass.