Freshwater Drum


Other Common Names:

Sheepshead, croaker, grunt, white perch, rock perch, grinder, silver bass


Scientific Name:

Aplodinotus grunniens



Feeds on mussels, snails, crayfish, insects, fish



Prefers pools and channels in rivers with clear water and clean bottoms



Average length is 10 to 14 inches



Deep bodied, silvery fish; head and body slope steeply up from the snout and dorsal fin; long dorsal fin divided into two lobes; commonly weigh up to 5 lbs


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

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History

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


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