SMALLMOUTH BUFFALO Ictiobus bubalus
smallmouth buffalo, ictiobus bubalus

This hunchbacked sucker was most likely the source of the name for Buffalo Bayou, but noone knows for sure since the mammalian buffalo also historically occurred in the general area. They would be described as not uncommon. I've only caught two in Buffalo Bayou. Both were large and heavy, and approaching two feet in length. Both were caught with a cast net. In the San Bernard River just below Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge, I've found a persistent large school of adults can be found and readily seen because of the clear water in the area.


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