• Trout-Perch

Latin name

Percopsis omiscomaycus

Other names

Troutperch, silver chub; French: omisco.


The trout-perch gets its name from its superficial resemblance to trout, as it has a fat fin, and its body configuration to yellow perch or juvenile walleye. It has a rather deep cylindrical body with a slender tail, large eyes and a large unscaled head that is flattened on the underside. The coloration is clear yellow-olive with silvery spots on top and rows of dusky spots along the back and sides. A related species, the sandroller (P. transmontana), is smaller and slightly darker, with a more arched back.


Troutperch are found from Hudson Bay to the Yukon Territory and from the Potomac River west to Kansas. Sandroller are found in the Columbia River Basin.


Trout-perch inhabit lakes, backwaters, and the edges of medium to large stream basins. It is mostly a deep water fish.


The maximum length of this species reaches 6-8 inches. The common length is 3-5 inches.

Life history and Behavior

This species spawns in late spring, usually on the sandy-pebbly sections of tributaries and sometimes on the sandy shoals of lakes. Most trout-perch die after spawning, although some fish live to spawn twice.

Food and feeding habits

Trout-perch feed on aquatic insects and small crustaceans and usually move from deeper waters to shallower coastal areas at night to feed.


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Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Percopsiformes
Family Percopsidae
Genus Percopsis
Species P. omiscomaycus
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years 4
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 20
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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