Freshwater Fish Information, Photos, Artwork, and Facts

Find useful information, interesting facts, fishing tips, and vibrant full-color photos and artwork of freshwater game fish (rainbow trout, walleye, largemouth bass, crappie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, brook trout, channel catfish, muskellunge, bluegill, blue catfish, and salmon) on our animal information pages! American Expedition is hopeful that you will find this information useful, and that you land a big one the next time you go on a fishing trip!

Learn About Freshwater Fish

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Largemouth Bass Information

Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) are the most popular game fish in North America. Possessing a striking complexion while being one of the top predators in the natural ecosystem, the Largemouth Bass is an astonishing aquatic animal.

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Rainbow Trout Information

Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are renowned for their attractive and colorful patterned skin and their remarkable ability to swim swiftly upstream. They are native to rivers, streams, and other fresh waters west of the Rocky Mountains. However, because of their popularity as a game fish, they have been introduced into streams and lakes all over North America.

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Walleye Information

The Walleye (Sander vitreus) is the biggest member of the perch family and is a very common freshwater game fish. On average, they measure 10 to 18 inches long and weigh 1 to 3 pounds, yet can grow to be well over this size.

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Crappie Information

The Crappie (Pomoxis) is believed to be native to the eastern United States and Canada. Due to wide transplantation, populations of Crappie exist in all of the 48 contiguous states today, making them a very popular North American game fish.

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Northern Pike Information

The Northern Pike (Esox Lucius) gets it name from its resemblance of the pole-like weapon known as a pike used in the middle ages. Its predation status makes it a fish to be feared by smaller fish. Photo by msn678 (Mike Nelson) on Flickr.

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Smallmouth Bass Information

The Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) is a popular game fish in much of North America (strongly in the east) and parts of Canada. This sporty fish provides much entertainment for anglers. Photo by dcnature on Flickr.

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Brook Trout Information

The only trout native to much of the eastern United States, the Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), is a small but spirited fish. Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Northeast Region on Flickr.

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Channel Catfish Information

Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) are the most numerous and most fished catfish species in the United States. Photo by Cliff1066 on Flickr.

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Muskellunge Information

The Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), more commonly known as The Muskie, is the largest member of the pike family. Photo by Ben Lucier on Flickr.

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Bluegill Information

The Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish that has earned a reputation as one of the easiest to catch, and a great target for those new to the sport of fishing.

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Salmon Information

Salmon is a name used for several species of fish in the Salmonidae family. There are two main groups of salmon around North America — the Atlantic and the Pacific Salmon.

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Blue Catfish Information

The Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) is found throughout the Mississippi River basin from Pennsylvania to South Dakota, and down to the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Forgotten001 on Flickr.

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