The Troutperch

MelRusso(Percopsis omiscomaycus)

By Carmelo “Mel” Russo

The troutperch is a small, spotted fish rarely exceeding 5 inches in length. It frequents the shoals and mouths of streams in the Finger Lakes area. The creature is so named because it has a spiny- rayed dorsal fin like a perch, and a soft adipose fin between the dorsal and the tail fin, similar to a trout. In addition, the scales of this fish are somewhat soft and fine, like those of a trout, but ctenoid such as those of a perch. It is NOT a hybrid but truly an intermediate form of its own, between the salmon family and the perch family.

During the day, the troutperch is unseen as it inhabits the deeper, darker parts of our lakes. At night, however, it makes its diurnal migration to the shallows where it discretely forages for small crustaceans and larvae. It is valuable as an indigenous food fish for trouts, salmon, pike, and bass as well as a great evolutionary specimen for taxonomists.

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