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Mottled Sculpin

Mottled Sculpin

artwork by Howard Friedman

Cottus bairdii

Mottled Sculpin lives in cooler streams in riffles or in rubble-bottom areas in lakes. It is a nesting species and requires some shelter. It occurs in watersheds across central and western NY and only in the lower reaches of watersheds draining into the Saint Lawrence River. There are ten watersheds where it is native and one area of the Delaware where it has been introduced and has become established. Its range and frequency of catch appear to be increasing in streams.

Fish atlas map for mottled sculpin.