Freshwater Red Drum Fish Identification

Red Drum  Other NamesRedfish, Rat Red, Bull Red, Or Just “red”DescriptionThe 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 drum ranges from a deep […]

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Freshwater Blue Catfish Identification

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

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

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!

This 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 2-1/2; […]

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Pier Fishing Tips and Techniques

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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Freshwater Green Sunfish Identification

Green SunfishLepomis cyanellus    Other names: Goggle-eye, rock bass, branch perchStatus: Texas nongame fishDescriptionThe green sunfish, like warmouth, has a large mouth and a heavy, black bass body shape. The body is dark green, almost blue, dorsally, fading to lighter green on the sides, and yellow to white ventrally. Faint vertical bars are apparent on the sides. […]

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Spotted Seatrout in Texas!

The spotted seatrout, (Cynoscion nebulosus), commonly called speckled trout, is one of the most popular sport fish along the Texas coast. It occurs in the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, ranging from Massachusetts to the Yucatan peninsula. The fish is a member of the croaker family (Sciaenidae)and is a first cousin to the Atlantic croaker, […]

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Mackerel: What You Didn’t Know About

A mackerel is any one of a number of different species of fish, mostly in the family Scombridae. They occur in all tropical and temperate seas. Most live offshore in the oceanic environment but a few, like the Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) enter bays and can be caught near bridges and piers. The largest mackerel is the […]

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