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Great Britain

Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

13. Roach
(Rutilus rutilus)

13. Roach

The Roach, probably the most popular fish among freshwater anglers, is found in most kinds of water in Britain, except Northern Scotland. The back is dark green, blue or brown, the sides and belly silvery. The concave dorsal fin begins above the base of the ventral fins. The anal fin is concave, short, and bright red. The mouth is small, with a projecting upper lip. It prefers gently flowing weedy water, and feeds on small creatures and vegetable matter. The largest specimen angled* weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz.
*up to 1958.