338 thumb Great Lakes Fishes Field Guide

Two hundred species of fishes call the Great Lakes home. Some are big. Some are small. Some are so common that just about everyone has heard of them. Some are so rare that only a handful of biologists have ever seen them in the wild. And some are popular to catch and eat, supporting a ...more ↓

Small
Johnny Darter 1
Etheostoma nigrum
Small
Sea lamprey 2
Petromyzon marinus
Small
Lake sturgeon 2
Acipenser fulvescens
Small
Longnose gar 2
Lepisosteus osseus
Small
Bowfin 2
Amia calva
Small
American eel 2
Anguilla rostrata
Small
Alewife 2
Alosa pseudoharengus
Small
Gizzard shad 2
Dorosoma cepedianum
Small
Goldfish 3
Carassius auratus
Small
Grass carp (Asian carp) 2
Ctenopharyngodon idella
Small
Common carp 2
Cyprinus carpio
Small
Silver carp (Asian carp) 2
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
Small
Bighead carp (Asian carp) 2
Hypophthalmichthys nobilis
Small
Golden shiner 4
Notemigonus crysoleucas
Small
Emerald shiner 2
Notropis atherinoides
Small
Fathead minnow 2
Pimephales promelas
Small
Creek chub 2
Semotilus atromaculatus
Small
Longnose sucker 2
Catostomus catostomus
Small
White sucker 2
Catostomus commersonii
Small
Silver redhorse 5
Moxostoma anisurum
Small
Shorthead redhorse 2
Moxostoma macrolepidotum
Small
Oriental weatherfish 2
Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Small
Yellow bullhead 2
Ameiurus natalis
Small
Channel catfish 2
Ictalurus punctatus
Small
Rainbow smelt 2
Osmerus mordax
Small
Lake whitefish 6
Coregonus clupeaformis
Small
Bloater 2
Coregonus hoyi
Small
Pink salmon 7
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
Small
Coho salmon 8
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Small
Rainbow trout/Steelhead 2
Oncorhynchus mykiss
Small
Chinook salmon 9
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Small
Atlantic salmon 4
Salmo salar
Small
Brown trout 5
Salmo trutta
Small
Brook trout 2
Salvelinus fontinalis
Small
Lake trout 2
Salvelinus namaycush
Small
Northern pike 2
Esox lucius
Small
Muskellunge 2
Esox masquinongy
Small
Trout-perch 2
Percopsis omiscomaycus
Small
Pirate perch 2
Aphredoderus sayanus
Small
Burbot 2
Lota lota
Small
Banded killifish 10
Fundulus diaphanus
Small
Brook silverside 2
Labidesthes sicculus
Small
Mottled Sculpin 2
Cottus bairdii
Small
White perch 11
Morone americana
Small
White bass 2
Morone chrysops
Small
Ruffe 2
Gymnocephalus cernua
Small
Yellow perch 2
Perca flavescens
Small
Walleye 12
Sander vitreus
Small
Rock bass 2
Ambloplites rupestris
Small
Pumpkinseed 2
Lepomis gibbosus
Small
Warmouth 2
Lepomis gulosus
Small
Bluegill 2
Lepomis macrochirus
Small
Smallmouth bass 2
Micropterus dolomieu
Small
Largemouth bass 13
Micropterus salmoides
Small
White crappie 2
Pomoxis annularis
Small
Black crappie 2
Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Small
Round goby 2
Neogobius melanostomus
Small
Freshwater drum 2
Aplodinotus grunniens

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