Dace (Leuciscus leuciscus)

Dace can often be mistaken for roach or chub. However, you can distinguish dace from roach by their yellow, not red, eyes and slimmer bodies. Dace are generally smaller than both roach and chub and their dorsal and anal fins are concave (convex in the chub). young dace are silver in colour but larger specimens tend to be a brassy gold with their pelvic and anal fins changing to almost pink.


Dace favour clear, fast-flowing rivers and streams, usually with a gravelly bottom. They live very successfully in trout dominated waters or large coarse-fishing rivers.Dace tend to live in large shoals to try and give themselves extra protection from predators.

Feeding habits

With both top and bottom lips projecting equally, dace feed well on both the bottom and the surface. They mostly eat invertebrates, catching drifting animals in mid water or taking floating insects off the top. They are always on the lookout for food and are quite well known to take flies designed to catch trout or salmon

Fish facts

Weight: Up to (12oz)
Average Length: Up to 30cm
Life-span: Up to 12 years
Favourite waters: Fast flowing rivers with gavel bottoms, streams,some canals
Favourite baits: Maggots, casters, hemp, worms, even wet or dry flies
UK Record: 1lbs 5oz 2drms (S Ashton 2002)