A rare fish adapted cave conditions, the grotto sculpin used to be considered simply a different form of banded sculpin. It has recently been designated an endangered species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It's found only in Perry County, Missouri.
In Missouri, this rare darter is found only in our southeastern lowlands. It lives in flowing streams and ditches with sandy bottoms among logs, sticks and other organic debris. It is State Endangered because its small numbers and limited range make it vulnerable to extirpation.
Anglers find “wipers” strong and hard-hitting—like “monster white bass.” If you are fishing for white bass and are unprepared for hybrids, they can easily break the line or destroy the lure. Hybrids between the striped bass and white bass are stocked by the MDC in select impoundments around the state.
The largest of Missouri’s three sturgeons is rare and endangered in our state. One way to identify it is by its conical (not shovel-nosed) snout. And despite its name, in our state this fish is almost always found in big rivers—not lakes.
The logperch is found in deep riffles and silt-free pools in small- to medium-sized rivers along wind-swept gravel shorelines in reservoirs. Readily separated from other Missouri darters by having the mouth overhung by the distinctly conical snout, as well as the color pattern of 15-20 vertical dark bars on a light background.
The deep-bodied, slab-sided longear sunfish has a moderate-sized mouth, with the upper jaw nearly reaching the front of the eye. The back and sides are blue-green speckled with yellow and emerald; the belly is yellow or orange.
The next time you are enjoying the waters of Table Rock Lake, remember the longnose darter, which used to inhabit the White River when it still flowed through that area. This is why it’s important to protect this Endangered darter’s few remaining streams from sedimentation and pollution.
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