FATHEAD MINNOWS (Pimephales promelas)
ALIAS: Tuffy, blackhead minnow, minner
IDENTIFICATION: A small mouth, black midline running the length of the body and spot on the dorsal fin are indicative of the fathead minnow.
DIET: Zooplankton and phytoplankton.
SPAWNING: As fractional spawners, fathead minnows spawn throughout the spring and summer once water temperatures reach 64̊F. Females spawn multiple times between spring and fall. Their reproductive rate makes them an excellent stocking choice.
FISHING TIPS: Fathead minnows are the premier live bait choice in much of the United States.
Michigan, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii.