Brooder Golden Shiners

BROODER GOLDEN SHINERS (Notemigonus crysoleucas)

ALIAS:   Arkansas shiner, shiner minnow

IDENTIFICATION:  The brooder shiner is a larger, more reproductively mature golden shiner.  Brooder shiners are often used for forage enhancement, supplemental stocking and fishing for larger predators.

DIET: Zooplankton, crustaceans and small insects.

SPAWNING: Spawning starts in late April or May and continues through early summer.  Females will deposit their eggs onto vegetation or artificial structure and then abandon the nest site. 

FISHING TIPS:  Anglers often consider golden shiners to be one of the most popular live-bait options when fishing for trophy largemouth bass.

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