River, Ponds, Lakes, Offshore (Older), Inshore (Juvenile)
1 - 3 pounds
9" - 19"
The Ide, also known as an Orfe, is a predominantly silver-white fish. It has a dark-colored back from which its name is derived from. As it grows older, the Ide eventually has some tinges of gold covering its body. Its fins are light grey although its caudal, pectoral, and anal fin have a tinge of rose in them. They have a long, elongated body with a square-edged tail though there’s a slight indention that makes it somewhat appear like a letter “v”.
Ides are quite plump – some even saying that it reminds them of a Chub – which make them a prized gamefish.
Ides eat adult insects and snails though they sometimes feed on a variety of invertebrates. As they get older however, Ides eat other fish like the common roach or a common bleak.
Ides on average grow up to about 9 to 19 inches long. They usually weigh between 1.1 lbs to 3.3 lbs. However, there are cases when they do exceed the average usually reaching around 4.4 lbs. However, someone reported that there are some Ides that manage to grow up to 12.1 lbs.
When fishing for Ides, people usually prefer fishing in the shallower portions of the water. Ides are known also to attack casters with great gusto especially during the summer. However, this highly depends on the season. In the winter season, Ides prefer maggots. However, Ides prefer warmer waters so sinking your bait down to the deeper portions of the water body will help you attract them.