North America's most numerous catfish species. It is the official fish of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Tennessee, and is informally referred to as a "channel cat". In the United States they are the most fished catfish species with approximately 8 million anglers targeting them per year. The popularity of channel catfish for food has contributed to the rapid growth of aquaculture of this species in the United States.
The Coppernose is a subspecies of bluegill native to extreme southeast United States. It is now commonly stocked in ponds throughout the south. Coppernose bluegill look similar to native bluegill, however the Coppernose can be identified by the copper colored band around the nose. They also have similar diets consisting of insects, crustaceans, and other aquatic invertebrates.
The Redear Sunfish is native to the southeastern United States, but since it is a popular sport fish it has been introduced to bodies of water all over North America. It generally resembles the bluegill except for coloration and somewhat larger size. It is dark-colored dorsally and yellow-green ventrally. The male has a cherry-red edge on its operculum; females have orange coloration in this area.
Florida Largemouth bass are the most popular game fish on the market. Pure Florida genetics are preferred by biologists and fishery management professionals across the South due to their genetic potential to become trophies. Pure strain individuals tend to breed true, so stocking pure Florida bass fingerling in your new lake or pond is the best way to ensure genetic consistency (and trophy potential) down the road.
The threadfin shad is a small pelagic fish common in rivers, large streams, and reservoirs of the Southeastern United States. The threadfin shad has an elongated dorsal ray, and the fins often have a yellowish color; especially the caudal fin. The back is grey to blue with a dark spot on the shoulder. They are more often found in moving water, occur in large schools, and can be seen on the surface at dawn and dusk.
The fathead minnow has a rounded snout and short rounded fins. There is a dark spot at the base of the tail fin, and sometimes a blotch on the anterior portion of the dorsal fin. As with many other minnows, there is a darkening along the midline of the back. The fathead minnow is a stream fish, able to tolerate a wide range of environmental conditions including high temperatures, low oxygen levels, and high turbidities.