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Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
(1983)

Silverside family - atherinidae,   pp. 767-773 ff. PDF (2.7 MB)


Page 773

Brook Silverside  773 
kingfisher, red-breasted  merganser, mudpuppy, 
snapping turtle, water snake, crayfish spp., and 
mink (Adams and Hankinson 1926). 
  The brook silverside is almost never used as a bait 
fish, since it keeps poorly in a minnow bucket. In 
Canada, larger specimens are occasionally used for 
bait. Adams and Hankinson (1926) stated that two or 
three dead silversides on a hook will catch perch, 
bluegills, and black crappies. Cahn (1927) noted that 
in southeastern Wisconsin brook silversides are usu- 
ally replaced carefully by fishermen "who uniformly 
believe them to be young ciscos." 
  The brook silverside makes an interesting and 
unique addition to the aquarium, but it is difficult to 
keep alive. 
  It has been suggested that the brook silverside may 
be of value in destroying mosquitoes. However, its 
fragility would make it of little use for stocking bod- 
ies of water where mosquitoes breed. 


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