The chum salmon (Oncorhyncus keta) is familiar to most anglers only because of the unique “tiger-stripe” patterns of red, purple, and black that spawning fish develop along their. . .
The landlocked version of the sockeye salmon, the kokanee (pronounced coke-a-nee) spends its entire life in fresh water. Instead of migrating to. . .
Like many saltwater sport fish, the Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is not commercially valuable, which means it has not been much studied and little is known about its life cycle, migrations, and habits. But when they appear in inshore. . .
The false albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus) goes by many names—little tunny, fat albert, bonito, spotted bonito—but whatever anglers call it, the species is prized for its blistering runs and sheer power. The smallest. . .
The northern pike (Esox lucius) goes by a variety of names across its range in the U.S. and Canada—from “gator” to “water wolf” to “snot rocket”—reflecting both its popularity as a game fish and the low esteem many. . .
Although the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is not, in a fact, a trout at all, it is the most “troutlike” of the charrs. A sought-after game fish because it often lives in pristine waters and. . .
Among the more widely distributed game fish in North America, and now around the world, the largemouth bass is prized for its aggressive feeding habits and violent strikes. A big bass blowing up the water around a popper chugging across flat water is. . .
For many anglers, the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is the ultimate fly-rod quarry because of the rich history and culture that goes along with pursuing these elusive fish: from the famed Scottish rivers that produced so many huge salmon (and quite a bit of. . .
The smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) goes by many nicknames—smallie, bronzeback, brownie, and brown bass, to name a few—which is a sign of its popularity in different parts of the country. It’s the most trout–like bass, in that it often lives in clean, cold rivers and feeds on insects, baitfish, and. . .
Viewed by many trout anglers as a “trash fish,” the mountain whitefish has been unfairly maligned and is actually an excellent fly-rod quarry. Many a fly fisher has been disappointed to discover that the fish fighting on the end of his line is not a trout, but a native. . .