NANFA-- breeding tail light shiners

geoff kimber (
Sat, 24 Apr 2004 23:23:36 -0400

While we were on spring break, we stopped by in Waycross for a bit of
fishing. It had been a very dry spring, so the satilla river was very low,
making it a perfect time to seine for tail light shiners. We ended up with
9 - 3 males and 6 females.

Does anyone know the breeding habits of tail light shiners? Do they scatter
their eggs or make a nest? The little I have read about the fish states
that they prefer to be near aquatic plants - this isn't possible in the
satilla as there are few to no aquatic plants in that part of the river.
But I wonder if this is the preferred habitat and I just happen to find the
fish in a less than optimal environment.

Any idea?

Geoff Kimber
Lexington, KY
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