Freshwater Game Fish of North America: An Illustrated Guide
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This book is a magnificently illustrated volume that will help anglers, scientists, and nature lovers to identify and appreciate North American freshwater game fish. Along with illustrations that showcase gender color variations for each species, Thompson provides information about fish biology, behavior, and habitats. Common and scientific names are provided, as are range maps and information about each fish family's global range, physical traits, diet, significance to humans, and present status regarding its potential endangerment.
non-spawning phases of certain species that show marked differences. Within those larger parameters, individual specimens may vary quite a bit. The Distinguishing Field Marks section of each entry lists the important characteristics that make each species unique. These allow the angler to distinguish a specimen and are the base for confirming identification even with some individual variances. Color and pattern in fish is extremely variable. Again, spawning and non-spawning phases of many
April to early May, at a preferred water temperature of 55 degrees F. (12.75 C). There are no records of muskellunge spawning in the fall. Typical of this family, muskellunge seek shallow flooded areas of the waters where they live for spawning. These areas will later be dense weed beds. A large female will pair with one or two smaller males as they cruise over the spawning site, rolling toward one another so that their vents are very close together and releasing and fertilizing small amounts of
patterns of this fish. It has been assumed that they loosely follow those of the American shad. Diet: As stated above, young hickory shad are plankton feeders. As they mature, their diet consists of a broader range of small foods, including insect larvae and crustaceans. As adults their diet is made up of saltwater crustaceans, small crabs, small fish, and squid. Locating and Fishing for Hickory Shad: Inshore saltwater appearances of schools of hickory shad are sporadic at best. They may be
is most often found in clear acidic bogs with ample bottom and surface structure, such as stumps, weed beds, and mats. Those fishing for them will want to use ultra-light equipment with terminal tackle to match their diminutive size. A variety of offerings, jigs, live baits, and artificial flies will entice the flier to strike. For their size, these fish are very game fighters as they struggle to reach protective shelter. Significance to Humans: Always a local sport fish that offers the angler
fish’s tail fin. Caudal peduncle: That narrowed posterior section of a fish’s body that connects to the caudal fin. Cheek: That part of a fish’s head behind the eye, connected to the gill cover. Crustacean: Any one of a large group of mainly aquatic invertebrates that includes lobsters and shrimps. Cut-bait: Natural bait that is cut into small pieces as necessary. D Detritus: Small fragments of decomposing plant and animal matter. Dorsal: Pertaining to the top or back of an fish’s body.