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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Golden Trout
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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Emerald Shiner
Emerald shiners are native to Texas north through the Mississippi basin and much of Canada east of the Rockies. As an important forage fish for game fish they have been stocked outside their native range. They typically live in large, deep lakes and rivers and prefer clear waters, although they have a tolerance for turbid waters. Generally found in large school in open water where the move to the surface under low light to feed.  Shiners don’t appear to have a preference for a particular substrate, but they do seem to avoid dense vegetation.

Emerald shiners are small, 2-4 inches, slender silvery fish with a terminal mouth, rounded nose and large eyes. Their sides are compressed with an iridescent emerald green or bluish hue.  Fins are transparent with no spots or markings. Scales are easily rubbed off. Their maximum size is less than six inches and they seldom live past four years.

Emerald shiners are broadcast spawners, spawning open water. They do use any particular substrate for spawning and no parental care is given.  Spawning occurs during July and August.  Shiners become sexually mature at 2 years.
 Zooplankton, insect larvae, and small flying insects such as midges are the primary forage, although algae and terrestrial insects have been found in their stomachs.


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