The Goldeye, scientific name Hiodon alosoides, is a freshwater fish initially found in the Northern parts of the United States and Canada.

These species of fish belong to the family Hiodontidae, and it is one of the only two fishes that belong to this family.

They typically weigh around 1-3 pounds and measure about 17 inches in length. The Goldeye species are moderate in size and live about 14 years.


Closely related to its family, the Mooneye, they both are silvery in color, flat-sided fishes, and have big eyes.

They are known for having teeth on the roof of the mouth, tongue, and jaws. The belly and sides of the fish are silvery-white, while the upper parts of the fish are greenish with golden or silvery reflection.

However, the Goldeye fishes have relatively smaller eyes that are golden in color and are well known for having a compressed body.

Habitat and Lifestyle

The Goldeye fish mostly prefer the turbid and quiet waters of large rivers or shallow lakes at a depth of 40m.

While the Goldeye fish are native to North America and Canada, they tend to migrate throughout for as long as 1000km.

They survive on insects, shrews, and small fish that can be swallowed.

Finding and Catching

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

The Goldeye fish are commonly found on tributary streams, brackish waters, calm waters, etc., in temperatures of 50-56 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the anglers usually do not prefer the Goldeye fish because of its size, they are perfect as Fly-fishing fish. The Goldeye fish are generally aggressive, so there are a lot of techniques that are used to catch them.

An excellent method would be to put bait on a hook with a removable split shot and a slip bobber.

Peak Season

The months of July-September are peak season for catching yourself a Goldeye.

Best Bait

  • Fly.
  • Worms.
  • Minnow.
  • Grubs.