How Many Species of Fish Have You Caught?

Ryan Davis   Sunday, February 11, 2007 11:35 PM

Most people fish to catch fish of size, and keep track of how big their biggest fish has been. I do that too, but I also keep track of how many different types of fish I catch.

Ask any of my fishing buddies and they know I?m obsessed with how many fish species I?ve caught. Some I can?t be too sure of, because I was so young when I caught them, but right now I?m sure that I?ve caught at least 33 different species.

Keeping track can tell you where you?ve been and how much experience you have. Catching 20 species of fish can be just as difficult as catching a 6 pound bass. I would suggest to any anglers out there who keep a fishing log-or even if they don?t-to write down how many kinds of fish they?ve caught. The first year I did this my list jumped from 12 to 24. It was fun to pursue a fish completely new to me.

These days I?ve already got all the easy ones under my belt, but last season I managed to catch a creek chub and a rock bass-both types of fish I never caught before. Maybe if I do some traveling I will accumulate more, I?d like to someday catch around 50 or 75, but for right now the list stands at this (excluding snagging and hybrids):

  • White Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Rock Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Walleye
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Redhorse Sucker
  • White Sucker
  • Goldeye
  • Muskie
  • Northern Pike
  • Shortnose Gar
  • Skipjack Herring
  • Creek Chub
  • Carp
  • Black Crappie
  • White Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Black Bullhead
  • Yellow Bullhead
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Yellow Perch
  • Sauger

I?d also like to say that I can?t be sure whether or not I?ve caught yellow bass, northern hog sucker, white perch, or black bullhead. One fish that has eluded me for a long time now is the shovelnose sturgeon. The best method I?ve heard is to try the rivers with night crawlers in the spring.

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