Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
Silverside family - atherinidae, pp. 767-773 ff. PDF (2.7 MB)
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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