Fish Identification Guide

Hiodon alosoides
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A silvery, flat-sided fish with unusually large gold eyes; teeth on jaws, roof of mouth, and tongue; triangular-shaped axillary process at base of pelvic fin; no long filament at back of dorsal fin; front of dorsal fin about even with front of anal fin; and a keel on midline of belly that lacks a saw-tooth edge and extends from vent nearly to pectoral fin bases. It is a fast-moving predator, capturing most of its prey at or near the surface. Diet consists of a wide variety of animals, but insects (aquatic and terrestrial) and small fish are primary food items. Provides angling excitement if taken on light tackle or fly rod - often leaping out of the water. Mooneye is a related species.
Family: Mooneye
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Larger rivers of eastern Nebraska.

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at