Spottail Shiner (Notropis hudsonius)
Isn't it gorgeous?! You'll know the spottail shiner by its on-the-tail beauty mark. This spot sets this member of the minnow family apart from other shiners, but it doesn't offer it amnesty from the jaws of walleye, northern pike, and other larger fish. Nevertheless, this little bitty is very serious about preserving its looks. Its secret, you ask? A particular environment. The healthiest spottail shiner populations live in near-pristine waters between approximately 50° and 75° Fahrenheit. But colder waters will do as long as they're clean and clear like Lake Superior. Oh, and a balanced diet of plants and insects keep the spottail looking spot-on.