Spottail Shiner


      The Spottail Shiner (Notropis hudsonius) is a small to medium sized freshwater
minnow. Spottail Shiners are members of the phylum Chordata and class
Actinopterygii, which are the ray-finned and spiny ray fish. It is a member of the order
Cypriniformes and family Cryprinidae, which consist of the carps and minnows. The
spottail shiner can usually be found as far north as the Canada or as far south as the
Chattahoochee River in Geogia and in Lake Lanier.  These shiners live in lakes, rivers,
and creeks. They occupy the rocky or sandy shorelines and bottoms of the water. One
of the defining features of a spottail shiner is the black spot found at the base of the
caudal fin. These shiners generally spawn from late June through July. There is a lack
of information regarding life history due to little research done in these areas. Some
causes of death for the shiners are water pollution, parasites, and harvesting for bait.

      A Spottail Shiner makes decent bait for stripers and maybe even better for black
bass.  You can often catch them with your cast net under a light at night on Lanier
when you may be cast netting for blueback herring.  Hold onto a few of them.  They are
extremely hardy and lively.  When the fish won't take other live bait, they may take a
Spottail Shiner!