Labeobarbus aeneus, Smallmouth yellowfish : fisheries, gamefish

The smallmouth yellowfish is a slow-growing species with a low egg to mass ratio (fecundity), only becoming sexually active at a fork length of 30 cm when it is almost seven years old. During the spawning season the skin of the male fish is covered in sensory papillae, giving it a rough feel to the touch. This is also found in females but to a lesser extent, therefore always wet your hands before handling fish as dry hands can remove this critical mucous layer that protects the skin and scales.

Small yellow and blue fish near rocks underwater in Panama City Beach, Florida.

The yellow bass is not as popular a gamefish as either the or the , because of its small size. They are usually caught by anglers fishing with crappie jigs or minnows. These fish may also be caught in large numbers because of their large populations. The yellow bass is also quite edible and this fish is commonly eaten in its range.

Vector - Illustration of a small yellow fish on a white background

The attentive yellow fish move in a small shoal together from one turtle to the next Our next planned excursion for yellowfish will be a hosted trip to the Bokong River in Lesotho (at the very top of this same river system) in February, staying at a superb camp run by Tourette Fishing and aiming to get some terrestrial dry fly action on large smallmouths in this crystal clear river.

Labeobarbus polylepis (Bushveld Smallscale Yellowfish)

The reason for the fly rods on our backs and in our hands though weren’t the trout but the indigenous smallmouth yellowfish which migrate high up the headwaters of the mighty (Orange River in South Africa) during the summer months. The river at our feet, the Bokong, which runs now into the massive Katse Dam (part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project) effectively trapping the and trout of the upper reaches.

Smallmouth Yellowfish | The Fishing Gene


The rock beauty angelfish is characterized by its black and bright yellow colors. The juvenile of the species is yellow with a small dark spot. In the wild, this species grows to about 2 feet in length. Rock beauties are found in the western Atlantic, where they feed on algae, sponges and coral polyps.Yellow Tang, : An all-time ubiquitous favorite of the marine aquarium hobby, yellow tangs are about as brightly-colored as a fish can get. They're also relatively small, with a maximum size of just under 8 inches, and generally don't cause any troubles in aquariums. Here again, I say generally because a few oddballs have been absolute jerks to other similar fishes.The royal gramma is a beautiful coral reef fish found only in Caribbean reefs. This fish is very shy and secretive, and feeds on drifting plankton and small crustaceans. The yellow and purple coloration of this species appears darker underwater, helping the fish to blend in with its surroundings. Royal grammas are found throughout the western Atlantic Ocean.It’s a Raccoon Butterfish! Mostly found in Indo-Pacific and Southeast Atlantic areas, the Racoon Butterflyfish is mostly a nocturnal species and usually hangs out in pairs or small groups. The Raccoon Butterflyfish is yellowish-orange complexion, with it’s upper half being significantly darker than the bottom. The name came from its black patches around its eyes resembling land Raccoon’s.