The slimy sculpin is a small, blotchy species of sculpin. It requires very cold, well-oxygenated water to survive and is thus found in coldwater streams and oligotrophic lakes. This fish often occurs in deep, cold lakes and there, it is attracted to light on the bottom. A minnow trap baited with a glow stick and lowered into the depths can collect a great many slimy sculpins in a single night, along with other bizarre species. Count the pelvic fin rays to distinguish this fish from a mottled sculpin: the slimy has 3 rays, the mottled 4. The slimy sculpin occurs from Alaska to Virginia.
Other Names: Muddler, Slimy Muddler, Cockatouch, Northern Sculpin