Bigmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus)
Description: Non-native. Introduced in 1918. Heavy
bodied fish, back is gray to olive-bronze with green-copper reflections.
Sides, black to olive-yellow; Belly, pale yellow to white. Head large
and ovoid with a sharply oblique, terminal mouth. No barbels or spines.
Length: 12 to 41 inches. Weight: 1 to over 39 pounds. Location and Habitat:
Found only in Apache and Roosevelt Lakes. Food: They are plankton feeders,
eating mostly algae and crustaceans. Angling: These fish are rarely
caught by rod and reel, but successful anglers have used small hooks
hidden in dough balls. In addition to angling, bigmouth buffalo may
also be taken by bow and arrow, crossbow, snare, gig, spear and speargun
as long as none of these methods are practiced within two hundred yards
of any boat dock or designated swimming area. Table Quality: The meat
is firm, white, flaky and good tasting.