A Superior Set of Fish – Haiku

Fish art was done by Russell Habermann for the Minnesota Sea Grant Program (link takes you to the original Truly Superior Fish Gallery).  The haikus were all me.

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silver redhorse search / along the cobble bottom / for benthic delights

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leaden silver sides / northern-most of the minnows / lake chubs like it cold

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sucker-like minnow / opportunistic feeder / longnose dace abide

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small silvery fish / maybe a mimic shiner / best consult the key

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cylinder with fins / the aptly named round whitefish / called menominee

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fish of clear water / swimming on sandy substrate / schooling sand shiners

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the shortjaw ciscoes / hard to tell from their cousins / so many cisco kids

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slimy sculpins hop / moving across lake bottoms / waiting for their prey

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a spot on the tail / a key identifier / for spottail shiner

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iridecent scales / kin to the other ciscoes / kiyi live down deep

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prized for flavor / lake whiefish are often smoked / but would rather swim

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mid-water swimmers / it’s scaled sides shimmer and flash / a common shiner

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bloater chases shrimp / in vertical migration / up and down lake slopes

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creek chub tolerate – a wide range of conditions – testament to tough

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beautiful sucker / bright red fins, silvery body / the shorthead redhorse

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down, down, deep and cold / where sunlight can barely reach / live deepwater sculpins

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spawning under ice / voracious mouth with tail / deeply cool burbot

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ninespined stickleback / builds nest during breeding season / to protect the eggs

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lake trout recovered / kings of the unsalted sea / prowl the deep once more

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a glacial relic / in Superior’s waters / pygmy whitefish thrive

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ciscoes inhabit / the middle of the food chain / in fish eat fish world

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Johnny darter hunts / seeks chironomid larvae / among the gravel

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a redyed rock bass / rests among rocks and rubble / ready to rumble

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shaped like it’s flatware / wide flat head, thin peduncle / spoonhead sculpins skulk

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the longnose sucker / searching seeking sustenance / lake shore sand sifter

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neither trout nor perch / night time hunter of inverts / daylight troutperch hides

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hidden, mottled brown / waiting for a minnow to swim by / the walleye lunches

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green silver shimmer / schools swift change in direction / emerald shiners

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an ancient giant / stirs sand with protruding mouth / then lake sturgeon leaps

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hidden in the weeds / glides a toothsome predator / the northern pike lurks

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where cool water flows / white suckers can be found / scouring the rocks

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cold water beauty / coaxed from among the boulders / a brook trout rises

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schooling yellow perch / look for a tasty minnow / end up as sandwich

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brown flash in the weeds / tadpoles and minnows scurry / as smallmouth bass prowl

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