Freshwater Fish of the Northeast

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Overview

Most anglers are well aware of the popular game fish that inhabit the Northeast, including the largemouth bass, the rainbow trout, and the yellow perch. But the region’s inland waters boast a much broader array of fish than first meets the eye (or hook).

The father-and-son team of David A. Patterson and Matt Patterson have pursued both game fish and bait fish in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. In Freshwater Fish of the ...

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Overview

Most anglers are well aware of the popular game fish that inhabit the Northeast, including the largemouth bass, the rainbow trout, and the yellow perch. But the region’s inland waters boast a much broader array of fish than first meets the eye (or hook).

The father-and-son team of David A. Patterson and Matt Patterson have pursued both game fish and bait fish in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. In Freshwater Fish of the Northeast, they describe more than 60 different species, from the well known to the obscure, including the redfin pickerel, the blueback trout, and the slimy sculpin. This colorful and helpful guide includes detailed information on habits, habitats, history, and more.

In order to best capture the look and appeal of these fish in their native waters, most of the images are based on the authors’ own live catches. The pencil-and-acrylic illustrations render each species in lifelike detail, with close attention given to unique physical characteristics. Both art book and guidebook, this volume will stir some fond memories of fish caught—and a few of those that got away.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The most delectable catch is Freshwater Fish of the Northeast by David and Matt Patterson. This father-son team from Massachusetts has packed about 50 years worth of combined angling experience inside a 130-page wrapper. The result is so lovely to look at and informative to read that it deserves a less prosaic title that the one it has . . .The Pattersons don’t just love the challenge of catching (and usually releasing) fish; they seem in awe of the sheer aesthetic beauty of each and every species.”—The Sunday Republican (Waterbury, CT)

“What a job Matt Patterson did with the illustrations. He knows his fish and he knows his art. The illustrations are absolutely splendid: accurately rendered and artistically striking. Moreover, the book’s designer created a handsome blend of art and text, and in places, even creates the appearance of fish migrating through the book. If you're a serious fisher in the Northeast, or if serious anglers come to visit, this is a book you'll want lying on the coffee table.”—National Outdoor Book Awards

“Combining their shared love of fishing with Dave’s biology background and Matt’s art skills, the result is the lavishly illustrated Freshwater Fish of the Northeast.”—The Lowell Sun and Sentinel & Enterprise

“Father and son fishing buddies David A. Patterson, a retired high school biology teacher in Billerica, and Matt, a professional illustrator, have produced Freshwater Fish of the Northeast, a guidebook to more than 60 species. Matt based most of his illustrations on photographs taken of live catches he or his father made before they set the fish free.” —Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658191
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,434,018
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MATT PATTERSON is a professional illustrator who trained at The Art Institute of Boston. DAVID A. PATTERSON, recently retired, taught high-school biology for thirty-four years in Billerica, Massachusetts. This is their first book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Family Centrarchidae (Sunfish and Bass)
Bluegill
Pumpkinseed
Longear Sunfish
Redbreast Sunfish
Banded Sunfish
Rock Bass
Black Crappie
White Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Family Percidae (Perch and Darters)
Yellow Perch
Walleye
Johnny Darter
Eastern Sand Darter
Family Percichthyidae (Temperate Bass)
White Perch
Family Sciaenidae (Drums)
Freshwater Drum
Family Salmonidae (Salmon, Trout, Char, and Whitefish)
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Lake Trout
Blueback Trout
Atlantic Salmon
Coho Salmon
Kokanee Salmon
Lake Whitefish
Round Whitefish
Family Osmeridae (Smelt)
American Smelt
Family Ictaluridae (Bullheads and Catfish)
Brown Bullhead
Yellow Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Tadpole Madtom
Family Cyprinidae
(Carp and Minnows)
Common Carp
Common Shiner
Blacknose Dace
Longnose Dace
Northern Redbelly Dace
Fallfish
Golden Shiner
Spottail Shiner
Creek Chub
Family Catostomidae (Suckers)
White Sucker
Greater Redhorse
Creek Chubsucker
Quillback
Family Clupeidae (Herring)
Alewife
Blueback Herring
Family Anguillidae (Eels)
American Eel
Family Hiodontidae (Mooneyes)
Mooneye
Family Amiidae (Bowfins)
Bowfin
Family Acipenseridae (Sturgeons)
Lake Sturgeon
Family Gasterosteidae (Sticklebacks)
Brook Stickleback
Family Cottidae (Sculpin)
Slimy Sculpin
Family Cyprinodontidae (Killifish)
Banded Killifish
Family Gadidae (Cod and Burbot)
Burbot
Family Percopsidae (Trout-Perch)
Trout-Perch
Family Lepisosteidae (Gars)
Longnose Gar
Family Esocidae (Pike and Pickerel)
Chain Pickerel
Redfin Pickerel
Northern Pike
Muskellunge
Family Petromyzontidae (Lampreys)
Sea Lamprey
Glossary of Fish Terminology
References and Recommended
Reading
Suggested Web Sites

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    A Beautifully Illustrated Book for Identifying Common Fish in New England - Great Father's Day Gift!

    If you love fish and fishing, then this book is a must-have. Everytime you turn the page the book presents a wonderful illustration and short description of another fish from NE. It isn't a very technical book for fishing or biology. Instead it is a very approachable and enjoyable book to read. I'm going to give it to my father for Father's Day, I think it would make an excellent gift.

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