Pickerel Grass and Redfin

Chain Pickerel Freshwater Fish

The grass pickerel and the redfin pickerel are two nearly identical subspecies of Esox americanus, differing only slightly in range. Because they occur only in small populations and are of small size, they have little importance as sportfish, although they are significant predators in many waters of more prominent small sportfish. The white, sweet flesh of these members of the Esocidae family is bony, but it has an excellent flavor. Identification. Slender and cylindrical, grass and redfin...

Sturgeon Lake

Sturgeon, red sturgeon, rock sturgeon Cree nameo, nemeo. Distribution. Lake sturgeon occur in the St. Lawrence waterway and the Great Lakes. They are found in the Hudson Bay and the Mississippi River basins from Quebec to Alberta and southward to Alabama and Louisiana, including Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, and its tributaries. They are rare in the Ohio and the middle Mississippi River basins. Lake sturgeon numbers are a fraction of what they once were throughout this range, and the species does...

Sucker White

Freshwater Suckers

This is one of the most widespread and abundant suckers, found only in North America. Identification. White suckers are inconspicuously colored, usually in drab hues of white, yellow, and pink. The upper half of the fish is typically more darkly colored than the lower half. Although an adult has little dark pigmentation, a juvenile has three lateral black blotches halfway up the side of the body one between the dorsal fin and opercle, one below the dorsal fin, and one on the caudal peduncle....

Mooneye

Mooneye Fish

A member of the Hiodontidae family, the mooneye is a close relative and very similar in appearance to the better known goldeye see . It is most important as forage for assorted predator species. Its flesh is soft and bony and of no human food value, and it is not a target of anglers. Though often called a herring or a shad, it is neither. Identification. The mooneye is a small fish whose compressed body is deep in proportion to its length and is covered with large, loose scales. Dark blue to...

Squawfish Northern

Stickleback Plate Lake Washington

The northern squawfish is a large-growing member of the Cyprinidae family of minnows that is often caught in northwestern North America trout and salmon waters. Yet it is not actively sought and is viewed as a threat to more popular species. Related fish include the Colorado squawfish P. lucius , the Sacramento squawfish P. grandis , and the Umpqua squawfish P. umpquae , which have limited distribution in their respective river systems. The Colorado squawfish, which is endangered, is North...