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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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: State11 pounds, 3 ounces, Lake Ripley, Jefferson County, 1940; North American22 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
Fun With Fish
Wisconsin State Record Fish
Fish Consumption Advisories
Temperate Bass/Striped Bass Family
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