Re: NANFA-- spotted bullheads

Roselawn Museum (
Mon, 08 Jul 2002 11:53:10 -0400

Thanks, Dave

When fishes are placed on the protected lists of the various states is
there a way to find out the reasons why? All I've ever been able to find
are the lists.

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 10:33 AM 7/8/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Steve, Moon,

>They're still fairly common in parts of the Suwannee and Ochlockonee
>drainages, both of which also have populations of introduced flatheads.
>Spotteds are almost impossible to seine or dipnet, and I've never gotten
>them with a backpack shocker, despite extensive effort in seemingly
>appropriate habitat. They seem to prefer water too deep to wade effectively.
>Difficulty of capture is probably much of the reason why they are protected.
>I have caught them by angling, and watched them while hanging out at
>decompression stops in north Florida caves. They're beautiful fish. There's
>lots of public access on the big spring-fed rivers of north Florida where
>you could probably get some with hook and line rather easily.
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