How to identify a Silver Redhorse
The silver redhorse does not have any teeth nor does it have dorsal spines. The single dorsal fin contains only soft rays and is located approximately in the middle of the back. The top edge of the dorsal fin is rounded (convex), whereas in the shorthead redhorse it is emarginate or concave. It is generally silvery in appearance, except for its bronze-toned or olive green back. The fins are either white or grayish or pale red, but they may appear bright red in netted fish because they hemorrhage easily. The nose is white and blunt.The average size for the silver redhorse is around 18-24 inches long and about 2-5 pounds but they have been known to reach up to 10 pounds.
Where to catch Silver Redhorse
The silver redhorse is found in the same general areas as the shorthead redhorse, Moxostoma macrolepidotum, but is not as wide ranging. It occurs from the Great Lakes northeast to about Quebec, Canada and south to southern Georgia, northern Alabama and Oklahoma. From there it extends to Lake Superior, northwestward to just across the border into Alberta, Canada. In the U.S. it does not extend very far west or east of the Great Lakes, except in Georgia and the Carolinas where it occurs all the way to the coast. It occurs northwest of the Great Lakes through the lower two-thirds of Lake Winnipeg to as far north as central Manitoba and Saskatchewan.This species can be found in medium to large rivers throughout its range as well as deep ponds and lakes that have sand substrate. Unlike their cousin, the carp, they are intolerant of pollution or very turbid waters so they are an indicator species for good water quality. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: