Dace, or Leuciscus cyprinust L. a fish found in most of the still, deep rivers of this country, where it is very prolific. It seldom exceeds 10 inches in length, or weighs more than a pound and a half.
Dace spawn in the month of February, and are in the highest perfection in April and May 3 but they are at no season a well-tasted fish, or much esteemed. They af-ford, however, considerable amusement to the expert angler, as they will bite at any fly, but are particularly fond of the stone-caddis, or May-fly, which abounds towards the latter end of April, and the whole of May. After that month, recourse must be had to the ant-fly, the best of which are those black inse6ts found in large ant or mole-hills. In warm weather, these fish seldom refuse a fly on the surface of the water; but, at other times, the bait should be immersed to within three inches of the bottom. The winter angling for dace requires a very different bait : this is a white maggot with a red head, being the produce of the eggs of the beetle, and which is turned up by the plough in great abundance. A number of such grubs, if kept in any vessel with the soil in which they were taken, may be preserved for several months, and will prove an excellent bait. - Small dace may be put into a glass jar with fresh water, which should be frequently changed: in this element, they live a long time, and gradually become tame.