Freshwater Drum - Fast Facts
Also known as Silver Bass, Sheepshead, Grunter, Grinder, Aplodinotus grunniens
Manitoba Record is a thirty-six inch freshwater drum caught by Jordan Braun in the Whitemud River on July 8th, 2012.
All-tackle record freshwater drum weighed 54 pounds 8 ounces and was caught in Nickajack Lake, Tennessee in 1972.
Excavations from First Nations villages revealed the otoliths or ear bones of drum that could have been as large as 200 pounds.
Freshwater drum are long-lived in general, with fish exceeding 70 years of age.
Lake Winnipeg supports a commercial fishery for freshwater drum and they are marketed overseas as “sunfish”.
Freshwater drum prefer large bodies of water and can adapt to turbid conditions. Found in Manitoba rivers like the Whitemud River, Red River, Waterhen River, Assiniboine River, Nelson River and Fairford River. Found in Manitoba lakes like Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipeg, and Lake St. Martin.
The freshwater drum has the greatest north-south range of any North American freshwater fish. It can be found as far north as Manitoba up to Hudson Bay, and as far south as Guatemala’s Rio Usumacinta system. In Canada, freshwater drum can be found in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.