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Brook Stickleback

Stickleback Family: Sticklebacks are hardy little fish, with noticeable spines on the dorsal area of the back.

Brook Stickleback Identification

  • Rarely exceeding 3 inches
  • 5 prominent spines protruding from its back make it easy to recognize


Brook stickleback survives in shallow lakes and streams where few fish can live.

They may be mixed in with bait minnows, so anglers may first become acquainted with the stickleback in their minnow buckets.