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North America has a great variety of freshwater fish for anglers to target.

 

 

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Lees Warmwater Gamefish Identifier

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Lees Warmwater Gamefish Identifier has a great variety of freshwater fish for anglers to target. Below you will find the most common fish, how to identify them, and the basic info you need to know to catch them.

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American eel

American ell found throughout the US

Common Name: American eel

Other Names: Black eel, bronze eel, glass eel, green eel, river eel, silver eel, yellow eel.

Scientific Name: Anguilla rostrata

Identification: The American eel has a slender, snakelike body with a small pointed head. Its back and sides are brown or green, and the belly is yellow or white. The dorsal, tail and anal fins form a single, continuous fin. The eel’s body appears to be smooth because its scales are so small.
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American Shad

American Shad Freshwater Fish Identifier.

Common Name: American Shad

Other Names: White Shad.

Scientific Name: Alosa sapidissima

Identification: Largest of the river herring Family, American shad average around 3 lbs., with fish up to 5 lbs. common. Silver-sided with greenish-blue back; deep bodied from the side, narrow and symmetrical top to bottom head-on; row of dark spots on the sides, running back from the gill cover; the upper and lower jaws are equal length when the mouth is closed.
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American Sturgeon

American Sturgeon Fishing Factors

Common Name: American Sturgeon

Other Names: Atlantic Sturgeon

Scientific Name: Acipenseridae

Identification: Sturgeons have bony plates (scutes) covering the head and five longitudinal rows of similar plates along the body. The tail fin is heterocercal, the upper lobe being longer than the lower. The toothless mouth, on the underside of the snout, is preceded by four sensitive tactile barbels that the fish drags over the bottom in search of invertebrates, small fishes, and other food.
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Catfish

Catfish Identifier Blue Catfish

Common Name: Many Names

Other Names: Blue, Channel, Flathead, White etc…

Scientific Name: Catfish (order Siluriformes)

Identification: Hybrid striped bass have a silvery-white body with dark colored stripes that appear to be broken across the body. The lower jaw of a hybrid striped bass projects further than the upper jaw and they have spines on their front dorsal fin and gill cover.
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Hybrid Striped Bass

Lees Warmwater Gamefish Identification Hybrid Striped Bass

Common Name: Hybrid Striped Bass

Other Names: Strip, Sunshine Bass, White Bass

Scientific Name: Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis

Identification: Hybrid striped bass have a silvery-white body with dark colored stripes that appear to be broken across the body. The lower jaw of a hybrid striped bass projects further than the upper jaw and they have spines on their front dorsal fin and gill cover.
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Largemouth Bass

Lees Warmwater Gamefish Identifier Largemouth Bass

Common Name: Largemouth Bass

Other Names: Bigmouth Bass, Bucketmouth, Black Bass, Largie

Scientific Name: Micropterus salmoides

Identification: Largemouths are dark olive green on the back with light green sides shading to a white belly. A dark mottled band extends along the sides. The upper part of the mouth extends past the eye. Smallmouth bass are similar in appearance, but the upper jaw ends below the eye.
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Smallmouth Bass

Lees Warmwater Gamefish Identifier Smallmouth Bass

Common Name: Smallmouth Bass

Other Names: Smallie, Smallmouth. Bronze back, Brown Bass

Scientific Name: Micropterus dolomieu

Identification: Smallmouth bass can range in color from green to bronze. The coloration often includes a pattern of vertical bars along the sides of the fish. The upper jaw of smallmouth bass does not extend beyond the back of the eye.
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Spotted Bass

Lees Warmwater Gamefish Identification Spotted Bass

Common Name: Spotted Bass

Other Names: Spot, Spotty, Spots, Kentucky

Scientific Name: Micropterus punctulatus

Identification: The key features that separate the spotted bass from the largemouth and other black bass species are the dark scale spots that can be found on the scales below the mid-lateral blotches. These scales appear to create rows of spots and are responsible for the name spotted bass.
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Striped Bass

Striped Bass

Common Name: Striped Bass

Other Names: stripers, linesider or rockfish

Scientific Name: Morone saxatilis

Identification: They are silvery, shading to olive-green on the back and white on the belly, with seven or eight uninterrupted horizontal stripes on each side of the body. They can live in both freshwater and saltwater environments.
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White Bass

Lees White Bass

Common Name: White Bass

Other Names: white, silver bass & sand bass

Scientific Name: Morone chrysops

Identification: White bass are a silver-white to pale green color. They have a dark back, with white sides and belly. Throughout the length of their sides they have narrow dark stripes. White bass look like shorter versions of striped bass.
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