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Find out more about this small fish which is very difficult to catch.

Spined loach, copyright Jack Perks Spined loach, copyright Jack Perks
"Fishing during early evening into dark is best as due to their size, these fish are shy and prefer to feed when the risk of predation is low." Carl Nicholls, fisheries & angling manager

Status:

  • Listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list of Threatened Species
  • Listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention and Annex II of the EC Habitats and Species Directive (3)
  • The inclusion of this species on Annex II of the EC Habitats and Species Directive has resulted in an increase in interest in its conservation, and an obligation for member states to designate Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in key areas where the spined loach occurs.

Typical size: 5cm

Lifespan: 3 to 5 years

Appearance: Loach (Cobitis taenia) have a long slim cylindrical shape, a small head with a underslung mouth and six tiny barbell on the upper jaw. The back and flanks of the fish are sandy brown in coluration with dark brown spots which form a broken band down the upper and lower sides. The belly of the fish is white to light yellow in colouration.

How to catch a spined Loach

Due to their small size they are very difficult to catch. Small floats, lines, hooks and baits are important. Fishing during early evening into dark is best as due to their size, these fish are shy and prefer to feed when the risk of predation is low.

Where to catch a spined loach

They prefer flowing waters and usually inhabit streams and small rivers, but can be found in sandy canals.

Last date edited: 3 September 2015