Fish of Wisconsin Field Guide

Fish of Wisconsin Field Guide

by Dave Bosanko


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Get this field guide, organized by family, to quickly and easily identify Wisconsin fish.

Fishing is a perfect outdoors activity for all ages and skill levels, and the Badger State is an angler’s paradise. Reel in your catches, and make identifying fish a snap. The popular Fish of Wisconsin Field Guide by Dave Bosanko features detailed information about 76 species of Wisconsin fish.

When you’re not sure what you caught, grab the handy guide and narrow your choices by family. Then identify your prize with the intricately detailed fish illustrations. Further verify the type of fish using the “Similar Species” comparison features. Then read fascinating facts on spawning behavior, feeding habits, and more. Plus, match up your best catches against the state records.

With inside information for locating fishing hotspots, this book is essential for every tackle box, beach bag, RV, and cabin. Its convenient size makes it perfect for the dock or boat.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591931942
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Series: Fish Identification Guides
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 206,094
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dave Bosanko was born in Kansas and studied engineering before following his love of nature to degrees in biology and chemistry from Emporia State University. He spent thirty years as staff biologist at two of the University of Minnesota’s field stations. Though his training was in mammal physiology, Dave worked on a wide range of research projects ranging from fish, bird, and mammal population studies to experiments with biodiversity and prairie restoration. An avid fisherman and naturalist, he has long enjoyed applying the fruits of his extensive field research to patterning fish location and behavior, and observing how these fascinating species interact with one another in the underwater web of life.

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Largemouth Bass
Micropterus salmoides

Family: Sunfish family (Centrarchidae)

Other Names: black bass, green bass, green trout, slough bass

Description: dark green back, greenish sides often with dark lateral band; belly white to gray; large, forward-facing mouth; lower jaw extends to rear margin of eye

Habitat: shallow, fertile, weedy lakes and river backwaters; weedy bays and extensive weedbeds of larger lakes

Range: southern Canada through the U.S. into Mexico; widely introduced; common throughout Wisconsin

Food: small fish, frogs, crayfish, insects, leeches

Reproduction: in May and June when water temperatures reach 60 degrees, male builds nest in 2 to 8 feet of water, usually on firm bottom in weedy cover; female deposits 2,000 to 40,000 eggs, which the male fans and guards; male also protects fry until the “brood swarm” disperses

Average Size: 12 to 20 inches, 1 to 5 pounds

Records: State—11 pounds, 3 ounces, Lake Ripley, Jefferson County, 1940; North American—22 pounds, 4 ounces, Montgomery Lake, Georgia, 1932

Notes: Largest member of the sunfish family in Wisconsin. Most popular game fish in the United States, the largemouth is known for strong fights and high leaps. Though it is not highly regarded as table fare in the North, it is commonly eaten in the South. A carnivore, it will devour any live prey that fits into its mouth. Found in thick weedbeds, shallow woody cover and around docks; often feeds near the surface; not commonly located in water deeper than 20 feet.

Similar Species: Smallmouth Bass (pg. 140)

  • Largemouth Bass: mouth extends beyond non-red eye
  • Smallmouth Bass: mouth does not extend beyond red eye

Table of Contents

How To Use This Book

About Wisconsin Fish

Frequently Asked Questions

Map Resources

Fish Names

Fun With Fish

Fish Management


Length-To-Weight Ratios

Record Fish

Wisconsin State Record Fish

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish Diseases

Fish Anatomy

Sample Page

Bowfin Family

Catfish Family

Cod Family

Drum Family

Eel Family

Gar Family

Herring Family

Lamprey Family

Minnow Family

Mooneye Family

Paddlefish Family

Perch Family

Pike Family

Salmon Family

Sculpin Family

Silverside Family

Smelt Family

Stickleback Family

Sturgeon Family

Sucker Family

Sunfish Family

Temperate Bass/Striped Bass Family

Trout-Perch Family


Primary References


About the Author

Customer Reviews