Other Common Names:

Grinnel, brindle, blackfish, mudfish, dogfish, shoepike, cypress bass, cypress trout, choupique, scaly cat, buglemouth bass, German bass, brindlefish


Scientific Name:

Amia calva


Feeds on fish, crayfish, frogs, and insects



Most abundant in clear waters with abundant aquatic vegetation



Range from 15 to 27 inches with average adult size of 19 inches.


Dark olive above with lighter sides and a cream colored belly; long dorsal fin with narrow horizontal band along top margin and another near base; lower fins vivid green


Photo & text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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