It could be a big deal if confirmed. State and national scientists are working to identify a fish recently found in the Mississippi River. It could be the first time in more than 80 years that the fish has been seen in Iowa.
The last time the longear sunfish was seen in the Hawkeye state was in 1932. Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician Adam Thiese collected the fish. He said, “How it got her and where it came from remains to be determined. For those that work in the fisheries field, both state and nationally, anytime an uncommon species can be documented, it’s an exciting discovery.”
The fish was once common in bayous around Musctatine, but its population has been considered wiped out in the state.
Experts describe the longear sunfish as a small, thing, deep-bodied fish averaging 4 to 4.5 inches I length.