The creek chub is a big, meaty minnow species found throughout the central and eastern regions of North America, in both Canada and the United States. It's a common catch in small streams. Predatory fish love to munch on creek chubs, so they are often used for bait, either alive or dead. These fish would probably be a much more popular bait if they weren't somewhat difficult to keep alive in tanks; few bait shops carry them and those that do, do so only seasonally. As it stands, the only people with ready access to big, lively creek chubs are those that can catch them on their own! Creek chubs are feisty little fish that take baits aggressively and give good account of themselves on light tackle.
Other Names: Chub, Horned Dace, Northern Horned Dace, Blackspot Chub, Common Chub, Common Creek Chub, Brook Chub, Mud Chub, Northern Creek Chub, Silvery Chub, Tommycod, Pittsburgh brookie