Find out more about this small, shy fish, which is very difficult to catch.
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
Appearance: loach (Cobitis taenia) have a long, slim cylindrical shape, a small head with a underslung mouth, and six tiny barbels on the upper jaw. The back and flanks of the fish are sandy brown in colouration, with dark brown spots that form a broken band down the upper and lower sides. The belly of the fish is white to light yellow.
Typical size: 5cm
Lifespan: 3 to 5 years
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: 24 December 2020