Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Yellow Quills (Heptagenia Group)
3. Needle Stoneflies
4 Great Brown Autumn Sedge
6. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
More Smoky Mountain Lake and Stream Baitfish and Minnows
When I was writing about the fish species that trout may have an opportunity to eat that exist in the
Smokies, I think I got down to the Percidae family of minnows, or perches, so here they are.
Greenside Darter, Etheostoma blennioides
Greenfin Darter, Etheostoma chlorobranchium
Fantail Darter, Etheostoma flabbellare
Tuckasegee Darter, Etheostoma gutselli
Duskytail Darter, Etheostoma percnurum
Redline Darter, Etheostoma rufilineatum
TN Snubnose, Etheostoma simoterum
Swannanoa Darter, Etheostoma swannanoa
Wounded Darter, Etheostoma vulneratum
Banded Darter, Etheostoma zonale
Yellow Perch, Perca flavescens
Tangerine Darter, Percina aurantiaca
Logperch, Percina caprodes
Gilt Darter, Percina evides
Olive Darter, Percina squamata
Walleye, Stizostedion vitreum
I find it interesting that you can enter any of these species of baitfish and minnows in Google and get
far more information than anyone would probably want. Just a few years ago, that would have been
impossible. It would have taken days of research in a library to find as much information.
I've already linked the www.fishbase.org site in a previous article but here the link is again.
Here's another great site with some good pictures of most of these fish. The Virtual Aquarium of
I'm finding out things every few minutes that I wasn't aware of, for example: A Hoston Sculpin and a
The Clinch Sculpin could win a Sculpin beauty contest. No wonder anglers have trouble fishing the
Clinch River. They don't use pink flies.
Look at the minnows on this page of the site:
The Blacknose Dace: If you fish the Smokies, you see these little minnows in the shallows just about
Learned there's two species called the Blacknose Dace: Check this out
I noticed these Rosyside Dace are also in the streams of the Smokies. Just how plentiful are they?
Well, that's a different question and one I don't know the answer to.
Now, look at my Perfect Fly site and the standard old generic Blacknose Dace imitation. Hum...I think I
can beat that. I hope the trout don't have to stretch their imagination as much as I do to visualize this
is a Black Nose Dace, or on second thought, I doubt trout have an imagination as big as mine.
Copyright 2011 James Marsh