BackcountryFish ID

Silver Perch

Description: Color silvery with yellowish fins; no spots; no chin barbels; no prominent canine teeth at tip of upper jaw; preopercle finely serrated; 5 to 6 chin pores; mouth terminal.

Similar Fish: Sand seatrout, Cynoscion arenarius (the seatrouts usually have 1 or 2 prominent canine teeth at tip of upper jaw and do not have chin pores).

Where Found: Inshore in seagrass beds, tidal creeks and rivers, and marshes.

Size: Small, not exceeding 9 inches.

Remarks: Spawning takes place in shallow, saling portions of bays and other inshore areas, peaking between May and September; matures by second or third year (about 6 inches); adults eat crustaceans and small fishes; may live to 6 years.