sheepshead, croaker, grunt, drum, silver bass, thunder pumper; French: malachigan
Back and upper region of head olive brown; sides silvery; belly and lower region of head white. Pec- toral fins lightly pigmented; pelvic fins whitish; re-maining fins dusky. General color of living fish from clear waters, bronzy; from turbid waters, grayish white.
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In the Lake Michigan drainage, the freshwater drum is abundant in Lake Winnebago and common in Lakes Poygan, Winneconne, and Lake Butte des Morts. It is fished commercially in Green Bay, but it is rare in Lake Michigan proper. In the Mississippi River system, the freshwater drum is common to abundant.
Drum spawn in May and June after the water reaches 66° F. Spawning occurs near the surface of the water, often when the drum are swimming in schools. The fertilized eggs float at the surface of the water, where they develop very rapidly over a period of 1-2 days. After hatching the embryos continue to develop for about 2 days developing theeir digestive systems.
State Drum (Sheepshead) Records:
Illinois State Record:
35 lbs 0 ozs caught by Joe Rinella caught on Elm DuQuoin City Res., Perry County on May 13, 2005.
Indiana State Record:
30 lbs 0 ozs caught by Garland Fellers caught on White River on January 1, 1963.
Iowa State Record:
46 lbs 0 ozs caught by R.F. Farra caught on Spirit Lake, Dickinson County on October 1, 1962.
Michigan State Record:
26 lbs 0 ozs caught by James Black caught on Muskegon Lake, Muskegon County on January 1, 1973.
Minnesota State Record:
35 lbs 3 ozs caught on Mississippi River on October 5, 1999.
Wisconsin State Record:
35 lbs 4 ozs caught on Mississippi River on August 29, 1992.