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The Rio Grande Cichlid is the only cichlid native to the USA. I just learned of this cool little fish and may go fly fishing for them soon. I heard they’re in the South Llano River which is only about an hour and a half from me. Anybody ever hear of them or know anything about them?

https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/cichlid/

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They are in the Frio river also. I used to sell them when I was in the pet shop business years ago. They are best kept with other aggressive fish if in a tank

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I was surprised to learn about them. I’ve lived in Texas all my life and until I started building my pond, I’d never heard of them. Or grass shrimp! Makes me wonder what else I don’t know! 🤓

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Puts a coppernose bluegill's forehead to shame.

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Originally Posted by DeerTexas
I was surprised to learn about them. I’ve lived in Texas all my life and until I started building my pond, I’d never heard of them. Or grass shrimp! Makes me wonder what else I don’t know! 🤓

lol I wouldn’t put them in a pond with bg…. They would kick bgs a..

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The Rio Grande Cichlid is on my list next year. I finally got a Guadalupe bass a couple of years ago, and they're a blast on light fly rods.


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I have caught those Cichlids in Mexico, where the locals called them Rio Grande "Perch" (of course).

We were fishing large crankbaits on medium equipment trying to entice large LMB out of the weed beds. Sometimes you would catch a cichlid on the trailing treble hook that would barely fit in their mouths. We also missed numerous "hits" on our lures that I assume were cichlids hitting the body of the lure but missing the hooks.

In my limited experience, they were pretty aggressive and good fighters. I think they would probably be a blast to catch on a fly rod or ultralight tackle.

I failed to ask if they were good eating. The large ones we caught were broad but a little skinny (kind of like a 12-13" crappie). However, I think we were fishing just after they spawned so both the males and females might have been at their annual low RW.

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Originally Posted by FishinRod
I failed to ask if they were good eating. The large ones we caught were broad but a little skinny (kind of like a 12-13" crappie). However, I think we were fishing just after they spawned so both the males and females might have been at their annual low RW.

The info gathered says they’re are very good eating. I’m looking forward to finding out for myself. A buddy and I are planning a fly fishing trip soon.

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Originally Posted by DeerTexas
The info gathered says they’re are very good eating. I’m looking forward to finding out for myself. A buddy and I are planning a fly fishing trip soon.

Have fun, and post some good pics!

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