Mysis shrimp are considered a part of the zooplankton, the small invertebrate
animals found in all lakes that feed on microscopic algae (phytoplankton)
as well as other zooplankton. In turn these organisms form the basis of
the food supply for many fish. There are however, two major differences
between Mysis and the other zooplankton typically found in lakes.
First, Mysis have a longer lifespan. The typical zooplankton, composed
of animals known as copepods, cladocerans and rotifers, live anywhere from only several
days to several months. In our lakes, populations of these animals may
complete a number of generations in the course of a year. Usually they
become very abundant during the summer months and very sparse during the
The second difference is size. Mysis range in size from newly released
young of about one-eight inch to adults of up to 3/4 inch. The other zooplankton
are normally much smaller ranging from one one-hundreth to one tenth of
an inch in total length.
It is the size of the Mysis that makes them of interest as a fish food.
Because they are much larger than the zooplankton that fish normally feed
upon, they are an excellent food item. Fish that consistently feed on Mysis
grow much faster than those feeding strictly on the other smaller zooplankton.
Mysis are extremely high in nutritional value and are salt free.
Completely Natural: Unlike many processed fish foods, MYSIS are (or
very closely resemble) a food item which fish would normally contact within
their native environment.
High Protein: The protein content is in excess of that normally recommended
for growth, maintenance, and reproduction.
High Animal Fat: Mysis relicta make nightly vertical migrations from
360 feet to the surface to eat, then return to 360 feet at daybreak. These
migrations require enormous amounts of energy which is stored in MYSIS
as animal fat. The consumption of MYSIS makes this energy available to
fish for general metabolism, swimming, defending territory, and for reproduction.
Sodium Free: MYSIS are truly "freshwater". The lack of salt intake for
fish (especially for marine animals) is desirable since these fish are
constantly struggling to expel salt from their bodies.