The Goldeye (Hiodon alosoides) is part of ‍the Hiodontidae family, proudly standing as ‌a humble yet⁤ distinctive feature among freshwater species in North America. This unique species has fascinated anglers ​and scientists alike⁢ with its golden-colored eyes and intriguing lifestyle.

Conservation Status

As of ‍now, ⁤the Goldeye is classified as “Least Concern”‌ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. This ranking‍ indicates that, while the species may face⁤ certain threats, ⁢it is‌ not ⁤currently in danger of extinction.

  • Current Status: Least Concern
  • Conservation Efforts: ⁣ Subject to regular monitoring⁢ and protection, particularly in areas of ⁢habitat⁢ retraction.


Average Range
Length 30 cm 20-50⁤ cm
Weight 1‍ kg 0.35-1.5 ‌kg
Average Lifespan 10 ​years N/A


  • Regions/Countries: Predominantly found throughout the central freshwater bodies of North America, ​including Canada and⁣ the United States.
  • Migration Patterns: No significant ⁣migratory patterns⁤ are known.​ However, some movement across freshwater systems has been observed.


  • Water Type: Freshwater
  • Depth Range: 0 – 5m
  • Temperature Range: Prefers cooler ‍temperature waters, between 10‌ – 20 C ⁤(50 ‍- 68 F)

When and Where to See

Goldeyes are most active during⁣ the summer months. They can often be⁣ spotted during dawn and⁣ dusk, where they feed near the water ‌surface.

Best Fishing Locations

Goldeye are ​prevalent in the following locations:

  • Red River, North Dakota
  • Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Missouri⁢ River, Missouri
  • Snake River, Idaho
  • Saskatchewan River, Manitoba/Saskatchewan

General Tips: ‍ Look for goldeyes near the‍ surface of the water during ⁢the early morning and⁢ evening hours. ​They are particularly⁢ active during the summer months.

How to‌ Catch

  • Preferred Bait or Lures: Small crustaceans,‍ insect larvae and small fish are effective as⁢ bait.
  • Fishing Techniques: Fly⁤ fishing, trolling, and bottom fishing​ are all successful methods.
  • Best Time: Early morning and evening during the summer⁤ months.

Identification Guide

Goldeyes are‌ recognized by their silvery coloration, forked ​tail, and their distinctive golden eyes. They are often confused with the mooneye species, although goldeyes are generally larger ​and⁢ have⁣ sharper teeth.


  • How to Cook: Goldeye ​is⁢ a popular fish for smoking.
  • Taste Profile: Known for its rich flavor and moderately oily texture. It is often ‌enjoyed in smoked form.
  • Nutritional Information: High in protein,⁣ Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional Information

Goldeyes are predators that primarily feed on small crustaceans ‍and insect larvae. They have⁢ robust populations and⁣ are ⁢not heavily targeted by predators, though they can fall prey to‌ larger species like Northern Pike. There are no significant cultural or historical references ⁤directly associated‍ with ‌the ⁣Goldeye.

References and Further Reading