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N°1 | The Channel Catfish

The Channel Catfish belongs to the Ictaluridae family. adults often weigh between 40 and 60 cm. The maximum weight recorded is 26.3 kg. It has a life span of 15 years. It breeds from May to July. The ideal time to fish them is from March to May, before the breeding season. The body is elongated and flattened. The eyes are small and the mouth is lesser. They have eight sensory barbells, or "whiskers", around their mouths. Four whiskers are on the chin, two on the muzzle and one at both corners of the mouth. The tail is deeply forked with the edge of the rounded anal fin. The adult color is pale grey to olive on the back and white to yellowish on the belly. The young are generally light grey at the back and silvery on the sides. The sides have scattered dark spots.

Fishing period : Mars to May

Minimum size : No restriction

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Smallmouth bass

The Smallmouth bass belongs to the Centrarchidae family. The individuals observed measure between 20 and 38 cm. They weigh from 250 g to 1 kg. They can live up to 26 years. They reproduce from May to July. The best time to catch them is in autumn. Smallmouth bass is a fish with a strong body, compressed laterally. The head is broad and elongated. It is adorned with dark bars radiating backwards from the eyes. The back and top of the head are brown or golden brown, green or olive green. Contrary to its vernacular name, its mouth is rather large! Smallmouth bass has a long, rounded snout. The upper jaw does not extend beyond the upper edge of the eye. The anal fin has 3 strong spines. Both dorsal fins are slightly rounded and rather soft. They are linked and seem to form only one fin. The spines of the first dorsal fin are short and of almost the same length. The pelvic fins are joined by a membrane. The caudal fin is forked. The pectoral fins are transparent, all the others are opaque, dark or amber and decorated with black on the rays, spines or membranes. The back is darker and less golden than the sides. The flanks are marked with 8 to 15 thin vertical bars of dark appearance; this characteristic is more pronounced in juveniles. The belly of smallmouth bass is cream to milky in color. Body color varies according to size, but also according to its environment: in clear waters, it is dark and enhanced by pronounced contrasting marks, while in turbid waters, it is lighter and

Fishing period : autumn

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Bloater fish

The Bloater fish belongs to the Salmonidae family. It has a maximum length of 37 cm for an average size of 25 cm. It has a maximum lifespan of 10 years. It spawns all year round with a peak in fall or winter. It can be fished all year round. The bloater is a small silvery white fish with a pink and purple iridescence. It has a greenish hue above and a whitish belly. It is very similar to kiyi, which distinguishes it by its lighter upper lip and smaller eye. Its body is deepest in its middle, its fins are small and pale and it has 40-47 gills.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Arctic Grayling

The Arctic Grayling belongs to the Salmonidae Family. The Arctic shade can reach a length of about 24 cm long and weighs about 3 kg. He can live to be 18 years old. It breeds in the spring and lays thousands of eggs. It can be fished all year round. Coloring may vary depending on the location. The dorsal fin is usually bordered red and dotted with large iridescent red, turquoise, purple or purple spots and marks. Back marks are more evident on the large shadows. The back of the Arctic shadow is generally dark. The sides can be in black, silver, gold, or blue. Gold markings sometimes form a border between the hips and the belly, while pelvic fins can be orange, red or pink. The sides and head can be freckles with black spots. The eye of the iris is often the color of gold.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 15 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Yellow Perch

The Yellow Perch belongs to the Percidae family. The yellow perch measures on average 10 to 25 cm in length and weighs between 50 and 200 g (up to 36 cm for 500 g). The average lifespan is about 7 years. It breeds from April to May. It can be fished all year round. Its body is elongated and oval. Its head is moderately high and rounded at the tip. Its snout is obtuse and moderately long; it does not extend beyond the lower jaw. The mouth is terminal and slightly oblique. The jaws have small teeth. The operculum is finished with a strong thorn. There are 2 distinctly separated dorsal fins. The first dorsal spine is high and rounded, the spines are strong, the rays vary from 13 to 15. The second dorsal fin is almost as high, with 1 to 2 spines and 12 to 15 rays. The caudal is slightly forked. The color of the yellow perch varies according to its size and habitat. The back and dorsal surface of the head vary from bright green to golden brown to olive. The sides are pale yellow to yellow-green with about 7 vertical black bars of decreasing width. The ventral face of the head and body varies from grey to milk white. The dorsal and caudal fins range from yellow to green; the edge of the first dorsal fin is often black. In males in spawning livery the colors will be more intense: in particular, the pelvic and anal fins which are then bright orange.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 13 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The American Shad

The American Shad belongs to the Clupeidae family. With an average of 38 cm, adult specimens can measure up to 76 cm and weigh between 0.9 and 1.4 kg. It can live up to 13 years old. Egg laying takes place in May, June or July. On average, the female lays 140,000 eggs, but can reach 600,000 eggs. It is fished in the spring. The American shad is characterized by its slender, high and very flattened body. The species has a very forked caudal fin and a low, elongated anal fin. It has no lateral line or adipose fin. Its color is silvery with a blue or blue-green sheen on the back and bright silver flanks. When entering fresh water for reproduction, the pigmentation may become darker, taking on a tan or copper hue, turning red for the head and belly parts. A black spot is visible near the top edge of the lid, sometimes followed by smaller spots. Its lower jaw fits into a notch in its upper jaw. It can also be recognized by its large scales that are easily detached. The ventral surface of the American shad is thin with saw tooth scales. With regard to internal characteristics, it has teeth in the premaxillary and lower jaw, a silver peritoneum and, between 53 and 59 vertebrae.

Fishing period : spring

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Chinook Salmon

The Chinook Salmon belongs to the Salmonidae family. This salmon can reach 1.5 m for more than 60 kg and a lifespan of 9 years. It breeds from September to December. It is caught from July to September. The Chinook is blue-green, has purple on the back and top of the head with silvery sides and white belly. It has black spots on his tail and upper half of his body. Its mouth is often dark purple in color.

Fishing period : From July to September

Minimum size : 45 cm

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N°8 | The Striped Bass

The Striped Bass belongs to the Moronidae family. It can weigh between 4 and 23 kg and size 46 to 140 cm. He can live up to 20 years. It spawns from April to mid-June. It can be fished from May to November. The striped bass has a laterally compressed body, a large terminal mouth, distinct dorsal fins and six to nine continuous lateral bands on both sides of its body. The second anal spine is shorter and thicker than the third anal spine. Striped bass tend to be pale green, olive, steel blue, black or brown on their back, with an iridescent white or silvery belly. Individuals over 25 years of age have been recorded and sexual maturity is reached between 2 and 4 years for men and between 5 and 8 years for women.

Fishing period : May to November

Minimum size : 70 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Moapa Dace

The Moapa Dace belongs to the Cyprinidae family. It has an average size of 10 to 13 cm. It has a lifespan of 4 years old. It may spawn throughout the year with a maximum activity in spring. It is an endangered species so the fishing is prohibited. It is a small fish with a short head, a terminal mouth and thick, semiconducting lips. The dorsal fin begins above or slightly behind the insertion of the pelvic fins and the caudal fin is forked. The dorsal color is dark, the sides are brownish with slightly golden areas and the ventral color is light. There is a dark spot on the tail and a dark line on each side of the body. The scales are small and deeply inlaid and the skin looks like leather. Some dace species have a small maxillary barbell, but not the species.

Fishing period : prohibited all year

Minimum size : not available

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Brook Trout

The Brook Trout belongs to the Salmonidae family. The average size of the brook trout is 50 cm and the weight only exceptionally exceeds 7 kg. It has a longevity of 5 years. It reproduces in autumn. It is fished from April to September. Its body is fusiform, laterally compressed, and slender. Its general shape is reminiscent of trout, although a little more massive. The body is arched at the dorsal fin. It has a small but stocky head with a widely split mouth, including teeth on the jaws, tongue and palate. On the body, the scales are small and thin. The Brook trout have two dorsal fins, one of which is characteristic of Salmonids. The color is distributed differently over the body: the back is rather dark brown, with lighter mottling and covered with a network of very close yellow spots. The sides have a beautiful light brown color, sometimes olive green. They also have yellow spots, less tightened. Round and red spots can also be seen on the sides. The color of the belly varies from white to pink, but can be pale yellow to dark red. It all depends on the environment in which it operates. Populations living near the bottom are paler than those living in open water, rather colorful. In males, the livery becomes bright orange during the breeding season. Finally, the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are bordered by a white border, specific to the genus Salvelinus, highlighted here by a black band.

Fishing period : From April to September

Minimum size : 18 cm

Difficulty :

N°1 | The Channel Catfish

The Channel Catfish belongs to the Ictaluridae family. adults often weigh between 40 and 60 cm. The maximum weight recorded is 26.3 kg. It has a life span of 15 years. It breeds from May to July. The ideal time to fish them is from March to May, before the breeding season. The body is elongated and flattened. The eyes are small and the mouth is lesser. They have eight sensory barbells, or "whiskers", around their mouths. Four whiskers are on the chin, two on the muzzle and one at both corners of the mouth. The tail is deeply forked with the edge of the rounded anal fin. The adult color is pale grey to olive on the back and white to yellowish on the belly. The young are generally light grey at the back and silvery on the sides. The sides have scattered dark spots.

Fishing period : Mars to May

Minimum size : No restriction

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Smallmouth bass

The Smallmouth bass belongs to the Centrarchidae family. The individuals observed measure between 20 and 38 cm. They weigh from 250 g to 1 kg. They can live up to 26 years. They reproduce from May to July. The best time to catch them is in autumn. Smallmouth bass is a fish with a strong body, compressed laterally. The head is broad and elongated. It is adorned with dark bars radiating backwards from the eyes. The back and top of the head are brown or golden brown, green or olive green. Contrary to its vernacular name, its mouth is rather large! Smallmouth bass has a long, rounded snout. The upper jaw does not extend beyond the upper edge of the eye. The anal fin has 3 strong spines. Both dorsal fins are slightly rounded and rather soft. They are linked and seem to form only one fin. The spines of the first dorsal fin are short and of almost the same length. The pelvic fins are joined by a membrane. The caudal fin is forked. The pectoral fins are transparent, all the others are opaque, dark or amber and decorated with black on the rays, spines or membranes. The back is darker and less golden than the sides. The flanks are marked with 8 to 15 thin vertical bars of dark appearance; this characteristic is more pronounced in juveniles. The belly of smallmouth bass is cream to milky in color. Body color varies according to size, but also according to its environment: in clear waters, it is dark and enhanced by pronounced contrasting marks, while in turbid waters, it is lighter and

Fishing period : autumn

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Bloater fish

The Bloater fish belongs to the Salmonidae family. It has a maximum length of 37 cm for an average size of 25 cm. It has a maximum lifespan of 10 years. It spawns all year round with a peak in fall or winter. It can be fished all year round. The bloater is a small silvery white fish with a pink and purple iridescence. It has a greenish hue above and a whitish belly. It is very similar to kiyi, which distinguishes it by its lighter upper lip and smaller eye. Its body is deepest in its middle, its fins are small and pale and it has 40-47 gills.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Arctic Grayling

The Arctic Grayling belongs to the Salmonidae Family. The Arctic shade can reach a length of about 24 cm long and weighs about 3 kg. He can live to be 18 years old. It breeds in the spring and lays thousands of eggs. It can be fished all year round. Coloring may vary depending on the location. The dorsal fin is usually bordered red and dotted with large iridescent red, turquoise, purple or purple spots and marks. Back marks are more evident on the large shadows. The back of the Arctic shadow is generally dark. The sides can be in black, silver, gold, or blue. Gold markings sometimes form a border between the hips and the belly, while pelvic fins can be orange, red or pink. The sides and head can be freckles with black spots. The eye of the iris is often the color of gold.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 15 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Yellow Perch

The Yellow Perch belongs to the Percidae family. The yellow perch measures on average 10 to 25 cm in length and weighs between 50 and 200 g (up to 36 cm for 500 g). The average lifespan is about 7 years. It breeds from April to May. It can be fished all year round. Its body is elongated and oval. Its head is moderately high and rounded at the tip. Its snout is obtuse and moderately long; it does not extend beyond the lower jaw. The mouth is terminal and slightly oblique. The jaws have small teeth. The operculum is finished with a strong thorn. There are 2 distinctly separated dorsal fins. The first dorsal spine is high and rounded, the spines are strong, the rays vary from 13 to 15. The second dorsal fin is almost as high, with 1 to 2 spines and 12 to 15 rays. The caudal is slightly forked. The color of the yellow perch varies according to its size and habitat. The back and dorsal surface of the head vary from bright green to golden brown to olive. The sides are pale yellow to yellow-green with about 7 vertical black bars of decreasing width. The ventral face of the head and body varies from grey to milk white. The dorsal and caudal fins range from yellow to green; the edge of the first dorsal fin is often black. In males in spawning livery the colors will be more intense: in particular, the pelvic and anal fins which are then bright orange.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 13 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The American Shad

The American Shad belongs to the Clupeidae family. With an average of 38 cm, adult specimens can measure up to 76 cm and weigh between 0.9 and 1.4 kg. It can live up to 13 years old. Egg laying takes place in May, June or July. On average, the female lays 140,000 eggs, but can reach 600,000 eggs. It is fished in the spring. The American shad is characterized by its slender, high and very flattened body. The species has a very forked caudal fin and a low, elongated anal fin. It has no lateral line or adipose fin. Its color is silvery with a blue or blue-green sheen on the back and bright silver flanks. When entering fresh water for reproduction, the pigmentation may become darker, taking on a tan or copper hue, turning red for the head and belly parts. A black spot is visible near the top edge of the lid, sometimes followed by smaller spots. Its lower jaw fits into a notch in its upper jaw. It can also be recognized by its large scales that are easily detached. The ventral surface of the American shad is thin with saw tooth scales. With regard to internal characteristics, it has teeth in the premaxillary and lower jaw, a silver peritoneum and, between 53 and 59 vertebrae.

Fishing period : spring

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Chinook Salmon

The Chinook Salmon belongs to the Salmonidae family. This salmon can reach 1.5 m for more than 60 kg and a lifespan of 9 years. It breeds from September to December. It is caught from July to September. The Chinook is blue-green, has purple on the back and top of the head with silvery sides and white belly. It has black spots on his tail and upper half of his body. Its mouth is often dark purple in color.

Fishing period : From July to September

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Striped Bass

The Striped Bass belongs to the Moronidae family. It can weigh between 4 and 23 kg and size 46 to 140 cm. He can live up to 20 years. It spawns from April to mid-June. It can be fished from May to November. The striped bass has a laterally compressed body, a large terminal mouth, distinct dorsal fins and six to nine continuous lateral bands on both sides of its body. The second anal spine is shorter and thicker than the third anal spine. Striped bass tend to be pale green, olive, steel blue, black or brown on their back, with an iridescent white or silvery belly. Individuals over 25 years of age have been recorded and sexual maturity is reached between 2 and 4 years for men and between 5 and 8 years for women.

Fishing period : May to November

Minimum size : 70 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Moapa Dace

The Moapa Dace belongs to the Cyprinidae family. It has an average size of 10 to 13 cm. It has a lifespan of 4 years old. It may spawn throughout the year with a maximum activity in spring. It is an endangered species so the fishing is prohibited. It is a small fish with a short head, a terminal mouth and thick, semiconducting lips. The dorsal fin begins above or slightly behind the insertion of the pelvic fins and the caudal fin is forked. The dorsal color is dark, the sides are brownish with slightly golden areas and the ventral color is light. There is a dark spot on the tail and a dark line on each side of the body. The scales are small and deeply inlaid and the skin looks like leather. Some dace species have a small maxillary barbell, but not the species.

Fishing period : prohibited all year

Minimum size : not available

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Brook Trout

The Brook Trout belongs to the Salmonidae family. The average size of the brook trout is 50 cm and the weight only exceptionally exceeds 7 kg. It has a longevity of 5 years. It reproduces in autumn. It is fished from April to September. Its body is fusiform, laterally compressed, and slender. Its general shape is reminiscent of trout, although a little more massive. The body is arched at the dorsal fin. It has a small but stocky head with a widely split mouth, including teeth on the jaws, tongue and palate. On the body, the scales are small and thin. The Brook trout have two dorsal fins, one of which is characteristic of Salmonids. The color is distributed differently over the body: the back is rather dark brown, with lighter mottling and covered with a network of very close yellow spots. The sides have a beautiful light brown color, sometimes olive green. They also have yellow spots, less tightened. Round and red spots can also be seen on the sides. The color of the belly varies from white to pink, but can be pale yellow to dark red. It all depends on the environment in which it operates. Populations living near the bottom are paler than those living in open water, rather colorful. In males, the livery becomes bright orange during the breeding season. Finally, the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are bordered by a white border, specific to the genus Salvelinus, highlighted here by a black band.

Fishing period : From April to September

Minimum size : 18 cm

Difficulty :

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