Fish Species: A Guide to Common Sportsfish

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


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.



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


Closeup of a Bluegill with a freshwater lake background



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

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water.