The freshwater drum, Aplodinotus grunniens Rafinesque, better known throughout most of the midwest as sheepshead, is the only member of the family Sciaenidae in the midwest. This species has been the object of many arguments among fishermen as to whether it should be classed as a game fish or relegated to the rough fish group (carp, buffalo, gar -and etc.). Although sheepshead often take both artificial and live bait, it is the present policy of the fisheries management section of the Iowa Conservation Commission that the competitive aspects of this species outweigh any gain in food or sport that might accrue to the hook and line fisherman. Therefore, these fish are seined from the inland waters of the state by rough-fish-removal crews. The data presented here form a portion of general study of rough fish and concern an analyses of the stomach contents of 533 sheepshead from four Dickinson County lakes.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1955 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
"Food of the Freshwater Drum, Aplodinotis grunniens Rafinesque, in Four Dickinson County, Iowa, Lakes,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 62(1), 589-598.
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