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Fishing Information  

Last Updated: 9/24/2008

Warm Water Game Fish

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Uniform olive brown color. Shallow notch between dorsal fins. Upper jaw extends to eye. Vertical barring.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Greenish color, usually with dark horizontal stripe on sides. Deep notch between dorsal fins. Upper jaw extends beyond eye.

 

SPOTTED BASS

Scales on cheeks smaller than on body. Shallow notch between dorsal fins. Upper jaw extends to eye. Dark spots in rows. Dark horizontal irregular splotches on side.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Long barbels about the mouth. Sharp dorsal and pectoral spines. Small, irregular black spots, no scales.

 

STRIPED BASS

Olive or blue back. Silvery sides with 7 to 8 stripes that extend onto tail. Slender body,
up to 55 pounds. Teeth in two patches on back of tongue.

 

WHITE BASS

Deep body, seldom exceeds 3 pounds. Teeth in a single patch on back of tongue. Horizontal stripes less distinct on bottom half of body.

 

WALLEYE Milky eye corneas; large canine teeth. Two fins on back, dark area on first fin.

NORTHERN PIKE

Large mouth, sharp teeth; Top fin at back. Sides are gray-green with rows of yellow and white spots.

 

CRAPPIE

Two dorsal fins joined, appearing as one. Deep bodied, large lower jaw. Olive or dark green back.

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