Weed Shiner – Notropis texanus

Some quick pieces of information of interest to the fishing pursuit of this species gleaned from my copy of The Inland Fishes of Mississippi:

  • usually found in small to moderate-sized streams of slow to moderate flow
  • occurs in the lower third of the water column
  • less tolerant of brackish water than closely related Coastal Shiner (Notropis petersoni)
  • in vegetated streams, they typically occur in open water, near, but not in, vegetation
  • population increases are often directly tied to a period of Spring flooding
  • feeds during the day, with peaks in activity either after sunrise or in midafternoon
  • One study showed diet made up of: 20% surface animal prey; 5% mid water prey; 39% benthic prey; 35% organic detritus
  • Spawning occurs March through September or early October at water temperature of 14-29 degrees C.
  • Weed Shiners may live into their fourth year but most perish after their third year
  • maximum size is 3.4 inches
Additional Weed Shiner information and bibliography: Fishes of Texas


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This nuptial male Weed Shiner was caught in early March 2012 in Baldwin County, Alabama on a small piece of PowerBait Spike placed near the bottom under a small float.


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