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Freshwater Longear Sunfish Identification

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Longear Sunfish Lepomis megalotis Other names: Cherry bream Status: Texas nongame fish Description Lepomis, the generic name, is Greek and means “scaled gill cover.” The species epithet megalotis is Greek and means “great ear.” The name is derived from the fact that longear sunfish have an elongated opercle flap. This flap, always trimmed in white in adults, […]

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Freshwater Warmouth Bass Aka Goggle-eye Fish Identification

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Warmouth Lepomis gulosus Other names: Goggle-eye, warmouth bass Status: Texas nongame fish Description The warmouth is somewhat larger than either rock bass or green sunfish (with which it is often confused) but very similar otherwise in that it is large-mouthed and heavy-bodied. Adult warmouth are dark, with mottled brown coloration. Ventral areas are generally golden, […]

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Useful and Popular Fishing Knots: Sharpen Your Fishing Skills

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Albright Knot The Albright Knot is most commonly used for joining monofilament lines of unequal diameters, for creating shock leaders and when Bimini Twist is tied in the end of light casting line. It is also use to connect monofilament to wire. Bend a loop in the tag end of the heavier line and hold […]

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Freshwater Red Drum Fish Identification

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Red Drum   Other Names Redfish, Rat Red, Bull Red, Or Just “red” Description The most distinguishing mark on the red drum is one large black spot on the upper part of the tail base. Having multiple spots is not uncommon for this fish but having no spots is extremely rare. The color of red […]

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Freshwater Blue Catfish Identification

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Blue Catfish Ictalurus furcatus Other names: Channel cat, hump-back blue Status: Texas game fish Description Ictalurus is Greek meaning “fish cat,” and furcatus is Latin, meaning “forked,” a reference to the species’ forked tail fin. Blue catfish have a forked tail, and are sometimes very similar to channel catfish. However, only the Rio Grande population has dark spots […]

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Freshwater Guadalupe Bass Fish Identification

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Guadalupe Bass Micropterus treculi Other names: Black bass, Guadalupe spotted bass Status: Texas State Fish Description The Guadalupe bass, like other “black bass” including largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, is not a true bass at all but a member of the sunfish family Centrarchidae. Micropterus is Greek, meaning “small fin” and is a rather unfortunate misnomer arising from […]

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Freshwater Largemouth Bass Fish Identification

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides Other names: Black bass, green trout, bigmouth bass, lineside bass Description Two subspecies of largemouth bass exist in Texas: the native Micropterus salmoides salmoides and the Florida largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides floridanus.The two subspecies are visually indistinguishable, although they may be distinguished by genetic testing procedures. Both are usually green with dark blotches that form […]

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How Old is My Deer? Here’s How To Check!

By Paul E. Richardson / January 9, 2018

tThis guide is designed to block deer into these age categories. The overall age structure of a hunted deer population is younger than most people think. During the fall of 1995, the Game and Fish Department operated 15 check stations in southeastern North Dakota. Of 790 deer aged at these check stations, 80 percent were […]

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Pier Fishing Tips and Techniques

By Paul E. Richardson / January 7, 2018

General Tips  Fish are migratory. Try different sides of the pier and pay attention to times and weather conditions when you are catching fish. Use a good log book to take notes. Fish the Break Water Watch for birds. Where the gulls or terns are usually so are the fish. Look for cloudy water and […]

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