Dace - (Leuciscus leuciscus)
Dace are a small slim silver fish with a narrow head and a grey or dark green back, they tend to grow no larger than a pound and can often be confused with juvenile chub.
To distinguish a dace from a chub it is best to check their anal fin, dace have a concave fin (curved inwards) and chub have a convex fin (rounded)
Dace reach sexual maturity within 3 years and spawn in shallow gravel bottomed water during darkness in March & April - they spawn at night in order to avoid predation. Once fertilised the eggs take up to a month to develop due to the cold climatic conditions of early spring. Once hatched the small fish will form a shoal and begin to feed on any tiny aquatic life they can find.
Natural Diet & Common Baits
Dace are not fussy when it comes to food, they will happily feed on flies, moths or any insect larvae drifting through the current.
Dace will take a variety of bait and some of the bests baits to try if aiming for them are bread, casters, maggots and worms.
Dace are very much a shoal fish and can sometimes be found in very significant numbers. They tend to inhabit the fast flows of a river as they enjoy to take up position in the main flow and grab any tasty morsel that is carried on the current.
A good place to find them is the strong currents below weir pools, or any part of the river which narrows, as this provides a faster current which dace love.