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   PANFISH
  • CRAPPIE
  • PUMPKINSEED
  • ROCKBASS
  • YELLOW PERCH
  • WHITE BASS


  •  CRAPPIE (also known as crawpie, calico bass, speckled bass)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Depressed forehead
    • 7-8 dorsal spines
    • Dark spots or blotches on silvery coloured sides
    • Dark green to black colour
         HABITAT:
    • Found in shallow, warm water bays having abundant growth of aquatic vegetation
    • Prefers clear water with sandy and mud bottoms
         SPAWNING:
    • First spawns at ages 2-4
    • Spawns in late spring or early summer
    • Eggs hatch in 3-5 days
         FOOD:
    • aquatic insects, other invertebrates and small fish
         ANGLING:
    • Takes worms, baitfish, and a variety of artificial lures such as spinners, jigs and flies
    • Provides considerable sport on light tackle and fly fishing equipment
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     PUMPKINSEED (also known as sunfish, punky, sun bass, yellow sunfish)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Red spot on gill cover
    • Cheeks and gill covered with wavy blue streaks
    • Rusty coloured blotches on orange-yellow sides and belly
    • Back is greenish olive in colour
         HABITAT:
    • Found in shallow, sheltered areas of lakes and slow-moving rivers
    • Prefers areas with submerged vegetation and brush cover
         SPAWNING:
    • Reaches maturity in 2 years
    • Spawns is late spring to early summer in the shallows of ponds, or slow-moving streams
    • Eggs hatch in as little as 3 days
         FOOD:
    • Insects larvae, snails and small fish
    • Food is taken off the bottom and at the surface
         ANGLING:
    • Easily caught on worms, grasshoppers, small spinners and flies
    • Provides considerable sport on light tackle and fly fishing equipment

     

     ROCKBASS (also known as red-eye bass, goggle eyes)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Large reddish eyes
    • Dark spots forming horizontal rows on olive brown sides
    • 11-12 Dorsal spines; 5-7 anal spines
         HABITAT:
    • Prefers clear pools and protected rocky areas
    • Often associated with smallmouth bass and pumpkinseed
         SPAWNING:
    • Spawns in late spring to early summer in areas as diverse as swamps and gravel shoals
    • Eggs hatch in 3-4 days
         FOOD:
    • Aquatic insects, crayfish and small fish
         ANGLING:
    • Readily taken on worms, minnows, flies and small spinners
    • Fights hard on light tackle and fly fishing equipment

     

     YELLOW PERCH (also known as lake perch and American perch)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Dark green back blending into yellow sides
    • 6-8 Broad dark vertical bars present along sides
         HABITAT:
    • Yellow perch are adaptable to a variety of habitats
    • Prefers open, clear water with aquatic vegetation and a mud, sand or gravel bottom
         SPAWNING:
    • First spawns at ages 3-4
    • Spawns in the spring in lake shallows or tributary rivers
    • Eggs hatch in 8-10 days
         FOOD:
    • Aquatic insects, crayfish and small fish
         ANGLING:
    • Taken by still-fishing near the bottom with worms or baitfish
    • Perch strike lightly and a float may aid in detecting a bite

     

     WHITE BASS (also known as silver bass, white lake-bass)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Several rows of dark horizontal stripes
    • back is grey in colour, silvery sides and white belly
         HABITAT:
    • Prefers clear, moderately deep, cool water in gravel and rock shoals
    • Will move into the shallows at night to feed
         SPAWNING:
    • First spawns at age 3
    • Moves into estuaries or onto shoals to spawn in the spring
    • Eggs hatch in about 48 hours
         FOOD:
    • Fish, invertebrates and insects
    • Feeds in schools
         ANGLING:
    • Best caught during the spring in the river mouths
    • Spinners and baitfish are most successful
    • At night may be taken with surface lures

     

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