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
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.