• Family: Percidae (Perches and Darters)
• Other Names: None
• Ohio Status: No special status
• Adult Size: Typically 3-5 inches, can reach 7 inches.
• Typical Foods: Feed on a wide variety of invertebrates including mayfly, stonefly, and midge larvae.
The logperch darter is a pale yellow to olive color with numerous, narrow brown vertical bars on the sides. Usually they also have a dusky bar beneath the eye and a small black spot at the base of the tail fin. They have a small mouth and a very pointed snout. They often flip over rocks with their snout while searching for food.
Habitat and Habits
They are usually located in areas with considerable sand, gravel or rocky areas in lakes or medium to large streams and rivers. They are one of two darter species that are common in Ohio's many reservoirs, the other is the johnny darter. The logperch darter is found throughout the state in both the Lake Erie and Ohio River drainages.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Logperch spawn in late spring. Males gather in large schools near sandy substrate while females remain outside the school until they are ready to spawn. When ready, the females swim through the school and at least one male will follow. Both fish will then partially bury themselves in the sand and extrude and fertilize the eggs. About 10 to 20 eggs are released at each spawning, and a female will spawn multiple times. They are capable of laying 1,000 to 3,000 eggs.