Reaching lengths of 17 inches or more, the fallfish is the largest member of the minnow family that is native to the Mid Atlantic region. Juveniles are bright silver, becoming darker as they reach adulthood. During the breeding season, the heads of male fallfish develop a pinkish tint.
Fallfish prefer clear streams, lakes and ponds. They are frequently caught by trout fisherman when fly fishing. They can also be caught by bottom fishing with nightcrawlers or other natural baits.
Fallfish are edible and are occasionally caught for use as live baits.