Dace are one of our typical ‘small silver fish’. They are common and widespread in flowing streams and rivers in the UK. Dace are probably commonly caught by inexperienced anglers and mistaken for roach as they are similar in appearance. They have slightly more of a coppery tinge than a roach and they are generally slightly pointier in profile with paler eyes and fins. They will live for many years and adults are usually about 15cms in length, however they can grow up to 25cms in length.
Similar to a roach, their diet is made up of small invertebrates and plant material. They are a shoaling fish and will roam around looking for food. As they are a numerous fish they frequently end up as food for predators like pike and zander, and juveniles can be eaten by perch and chub.