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Minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) are very good at hiding. Find out more about this small fish which is hunted by most predators.

Minnow, courtesy of Jack Perks Minnow, courtesy of Jack Perks
"Minnows will eat most baits, but due to their size small baits and hooks are a must." Carl Nicholls, fisheries & angling manager

Appearance: Minnow are distinctive in appearance with green to dark olive sides, usually with a stripped banding similar to perch. They have a short rounded dorsal fin and an upturned mouth. Female minnows have a white shiny belly whereas the male has a red belly and red pelvic fins. Sometimes the male minnow can be confused with a three-spined stickleback.

British record: 13.5dms (British record committee 2015)

Lateral line scale count: 80-95 (this is the dark row of scales along the central length of the fishes body).

Lifespan: 2 to 4 years

We like minnow because – well actually minnow are not usually targeted by anglers.

How to catch a minnow

Minnows can be found in most slack waters and back eddies in river systems. These fish know they are a primary food source for many predators. Anywhere shallow, with low flows and cover is a good place to start. Minnows will eat most baits, but due to their size small baits and hooks are a must. Squatts, pinkies and maggots are all good baits to attract and catch minnows on.

Where to catch a minnow

They are present in the margins and back waters of most river fisheries.

Last date edited: 3 September 2015