The Texas Cichlid is the only member of the cichlid family that is native to the United States, being found in the lower Rio Grande in Texas (of course). It's a black or dark gray, fine-spotted fish with spiny fins and a small mouth. Texas cichlids are popular aquarium pets and this no doubt played a role in this fish become established as an invasive species in Florida and Louisiana. Like most cichlids, it's not picky about baits and will eagerly bite on just about anything you put in front of it.
Orther Names: Rio Grande Cichlid, Rio Grande Perch, Mojarra del Norte