Mario Eusi, Recreational Angler
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Posted on February 11, 2014 | Permalink
Mudminnow Commonly Mistaken as Baby Snakehead
Location: Tidal Creek off of Nanticoke River
I had a surprising catch in a minnow trap over the weekend, I believe it is a juvenile snakehead? It was caught in a tidal creek off of the Nanticoke River. It was approximately two inches long and was unlike any other minnow in the trap.
DNR Response: Mario, you caught an Eastern Mudminnow. They are commonly mistaken for juvenile snakeheads. The eastern mudminnow is common in small streams and swampy areas, maximum length is only about 3”. The best way to distinguish it from a snakehead is with the fins. The snakehead has a long dorsal fin that runs along the fishes back from just behind the head and stopping just before the tail. It also has a long anal fin which starts in the middle of its belly and almost reaches the tail. The mudminnow fins are short.