Sheepshead

(Aplodinotus grunniens)

Sheepsheads are the only North American member of their family to exclusively inhabit freshwater. Their great distribution range goes as far north as Hudson Bay, and reaches as far south as Guatemala. Sheepsheads are considered to be one of the most wide ranging species. The Sheepshead prefers clear water, but it’s tolerant of turbid and murky water. They prefer the bottom to be clean sand and gravel substrates.

Typically a Sheepshead weighs between 1-8 pounds. They are usually gray or silvery in turbid waters and more bronze or brown colored in clearer waters. In North America most anglers consider the Sheepshead as a less desirable fish, but around Mississippi and ethnic culture, the Sheepshead is a very important staple in their diet.

Presteve Foods catches Sheepshead and sells them Whole Round Fresh in 60 pound boxes.