The Chub is a well-known European freshwater cyprinid present in Canada and several regions of the US. They are considered to be long-lived fish species with high mobility because of their pelagic condition.

They are normally found across Canada, the arctic, and some regions within the Northern United States. The Chub fish species have high fecundity and rapid growth rate and can tolerate anthropogenic pressures.


The Chub possesses a large head with long and cylindrical body shape. They have greenish/brown scales and slightly black edging.

Their dorsal fin has a greyish/green color while other fins are orange/red, and the tail is comprised of a blackish color.

The Chub fish species are characterized by giant mouths paired and thick rubbery lips that eat just about anything.

Habitat and Lifestyle

This fish species is mainly taken to be a river fish that prefers moderate to quick and fast-flowing waters.

They also reside in lakes and ponds and are mainly present around cold-water lake areas with clear gravel.

Being omnivorous in nature, the food source of the Chub can range from small items like plants and detritus to large items like small fish, tadpoles, etc.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

The Chub species normally resides in shallows throughout mid-summer and may transfer to deeper lake components to shift away from warmer water areas.

This fish species can be caught through various methods such as ledger, spinning with lures, float, feeder, and fly fishing. But, it is the venue that mainly determines what the best method is.

Peak Season

The Chub species are known to undergo spawning migrations during early summer.

This makes it the best time throughout the year to fish for the Chub, but temperature changes can play a great role in their migrating status.

Best Bait

Due to their varied appetite, several types of bait can be used against the Chub, including:

  • Worms
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Lob worms
  • Wasp grubs
  • Black slugs
  • Maggots