Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: : Silver with a grayish or steely back. The fins are yellowish to dusky. Does not have canine teeth at the tip of the top jaw or chin barbels. Terminal mouth.
Size: Around 6-8 inches
Age at Maturity: Second or third year (6 inches)
Range: New England to Central Florida
Habitat: Prefers protected waters of bays, estuaries, and coastal streams. Abundant in coastal rivers and streams during the winter.
Bait and Tackle: Pieces of shrimp, fish or squid with a light spinning tackle with small hooks. Artificials and small jigs also work well
Fishing Method: Casting, still fishing
Food Value: Excellent panfish or deep-fried