Fish Species: A Guide to Common Sportsfish

The variety of fish you can target with a rod and reel is immense.

Bass

The bass family includes America’s favourite sportfish – the largemouth bass – and a variety of other bass species including the smallmouth bass and peacock bass.

We’ve published a mountain of content on what bass are like as a species and how to catch them.

Walleye

Crappie

Man holding a black crappie by the thumb
Crappie being released back to the lake by a fisherman

Bluegill

Closeup of a Bluegill with a freshwater lake background

Trout

Catfish

Fishing. Big cat Fish men holding catfish by the mouth
Big cat Fish! Fisherman is Taking out a bite

Author

  • Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He is a regular on fly fishing podcasts and appeared in the international fly fishing film Predator.

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