Post date: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 12:36
Updated date: 2/6/17

 

The mooneye is a bizarre fish. Part of the fish family known as Osteoglossids or "Bonytongues", mooneyes are in the same family as the Arowana or Dragonfish, the Arapaima, and the Pantodon Butterfly Fish. Hyperactive schoolers, packs of mooneyes roam our major rivers, searching for prey. Mooneyes feed on insects, crustaceans, and minnows. They also provide forage for many types of predators. Mooneyes live only in rivers, and are easy to catch. They take bait and artificials with equal gusto, day or night. During insect hatches, they provide fine sport on dry flies.

 

One sure-fire way to get a mooneye on your line is to drift a nightcrawler in a main river channel. For some reason, a 'crawler bumping along the river bottom is irresistable to the mooneye. They usually hook themselves, so all you have to do is keep the bait drifting and wait for the telltale tugs of a struggling mooneye.

 

 

 


Description

 

Mooneye have teeth on their bony tongues. The dorsal fin starts ahead of or even with the origin of the anal fin.

 

Range Map


Lifelist Entries

Post date: Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 21:52
Post date: Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 09:29
St. Croix River MN/WIS
Post date: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 19:27
St. Croix river
Post date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 14:25
Root River near Chatfield, MN
Post date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 16:10
Ottawa River
Post date: Friday, September 25, 2015 - 18:47
Steel dam milan il
Post date: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 17:16
Post date: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 17:55
Post date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 19:23
Ottawa River
Post date: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 04:19
Post date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 21:19
WI River
Post date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 20:19
Chippewa River, WI
Post date: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 11:24
Post date: Friday, August 31, 2012 - 03:03
River in Ontario
Post date: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 17:05
Post date: Monday, May 11, 2015 - 08:22
St. Croix River
Post date: Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 13:20
Wisconsin River
Post date: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 00:35
Post date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 15:40
St Croix
Post date: Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 18:36
tom
Wisconsin River
Post date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 20:36
Post date: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 11:46
Post date: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 09:31
Eau Claire River, Eau Claire, WI
Post date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 19:49