Tag Archives: fish facts

Fish Facts: Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Former Orvis Cleveland Fishing Manager Jim Lampros is all smiles, thanks to this Belize tarpon.
Photo by Dan Davala

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. . .

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Fish Facts: False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Dave Woolley with a false albacore that most likely would have broken the Connecticut state record.
Photo by Chick Corrado

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. . .

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Fish Facts: Northern Pike (Esox lucius)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Blog reader Todd Van Dyke caught this beauty in Quetico Provencial Park in northwestern Ontario.
Photo by Kyle Riddle

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. . .

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Fish Facts: Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Wild brook trout are prized by anglers, but their habitat is disappearing.
Photo by Sandy Hays

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. . .

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Fish Facts: Largemouth Bass, a.k.a Ol’ Bucketmouth


Written by: Phil Monahan

Illustration by Duane Raver via USFWS

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. . .

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Fish Facts: Atlantic Salmon, a.k.a. The Fish of Kings


Written by: Phil Monahan

Illustration by Timothy KneppU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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. . .

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Fish Facts: Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu)


Written by: Phil Monahan

When trout streams start to get too warm, the fishing for smallies often heats up.
Photo by Drew Price

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. . .

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Fish Facts: Mountain Whitefish, a.k.a. “Mister White”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Don’t let anyone tell you that Mister White is not a great fish to battle on a fly rod.
Photo via Wikipedia

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. . .

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