Fathead Minnow

Fathead Minnow
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FATHEAD MINNOWS (Pimephales promelas) 

OTHER NAMES: Tuffy, Tuffie, Crappie Minnow 

ADULT FISH DESCRIPTION:  They can be up to 4” in length with a small mouth, black midline running the length of the body and spot on the dorsal fin are indicative of the fathead minnow.  Males in breeding colors have black heads and tubercles on top of their heads.  

DIET:  Zooplankton, phytoplankton and small insect larvae. 

SPAWNING:  In the Midwest, fathead minnows start spawning once a month throughout the spring and summer once water temperatures reach 64̊F.  Females spawn multiple times between spring and fall, laying their sticky eggs on the underside of objects in 12”-36” water. The male guards the eggs and cleans them with the tubercles on top of their heads..  Their reproductive rate makes them an excellent stocking choice as food for fish that are under 10” in length. 

FISHING TIPS/USES: Fathead minnows are the best known live bait minnows for Crappie and other panfish. 

STOCKING RATE: 30+ pounds per acre.  Supplemental stocking of Fathead Minnows in the Early Spring and Late Fall help keep the growth rates of the predators in the pond high.

A $250 minimum order to one address is required to qualify for free fish delivery within 50 miles of zip code 46531. Call or e-mail for delivery quote if you are outside of that area or if the order is less than $250. Multiple fish species can be combined to meet the $250 minimum for free delivery.

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Price $11.75
10 or more $9.25 each
50 or more $7.80 each
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