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Sport Fishes of Texas
Every Texas angler needs a Sport Fishes of Texas – The Ultimate Poster! This poster is a must-have for every Texas fishing enthusiast. The Sport Fishes of Texas – The Ultimate Poster is the perfect way to show off your Texas pride. This poster includes all of the most popular sport fishes in Texas, including the red drum, spotted seatrout, largemouth bass, and more.
The largemouth bass is the best-known freshwater game fish in North America. It is also the State Fish of Texas. Largemouth bass are black bass that belong to the sunfish family Centrarchidae. The fish is named for its large, deep mouth. An adult largemouth bass averages between 2 and 4 pounds, but can grow to more than 20 pounds. The world-record largemouth bass was caught in Montgomery Lake, Georgia, in 1932 and weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces.
Largemouth bass are relatively easy to catch once you find them. They are most active in spring and fall, but can be caught year-round. The fish prefer water temperatures between 68°F and 86°F, but can tolerate a wider range of temperatures. In Texas, largemouth bass are found in all types of freshwater habitats, including ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs.
Largemouth bass are ambush predators that primarily eat fish, but will also eat amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Young fish primarily eat insects and other small invertebrates. Bass typically grow rapidly during their first few years of life before slowing down as they mature.
Smallmouth bass are usually brown, greenish brown, or olive, with dark vertical bands rather than a horizontal stripe along the sides. There are 13-17 soft rays in the dorsal fin. The upper jaw of smallmouth bass extends to below the front of the eye. Young of the year have dark stripes on a pale body, and two dorsal fins. The adipose fin is small and joined to the dorsal fin.
The Texas state record smallmouth bass was caught in 1955 from Toledo Bend Reservoir and weighed 8.27 pounds.
The Guadalupe bass is the official state fish of Texas. It is a black bass species and a member of the sunfish family (Centrarchidae). The Guadalupe bass is endemic to the Edwards Plateau and adjacent Hill Country in central Texas, where it is found in creeks, rivers and spring-fed pools. It was first described as a separate species in 1855.
Guadalupe bass are relatively small fish, growing to a maximum length of about 18 inches (46 cm). They have dark olive-green or bluish-black bodies with brassy flanks and dark mottling on the sides. Thevsnout is blunt and the mouth horizontal. There are two dorsal fins, the first with 5–7 spines and the second with 10–12 soft rays. The anal fin has 3 spines and 6–7 soft rays. The Guadalupe bass can be distinguished from other black basses by its lack of teeth on the tongue.
Guadalupe bass are found in clear, slow-moving streams with rocky bottoms and sufficient cover in the form of undercut banks, logs or boulders. They prefer habitats with water temperatures between 68–75 °F (20–24 °C), but can tolerate a wide range of conditions including waters as cold as 39 °F (4 °C) or as warm as 86 °F (30 °C). Juvenile fish are found in slower-moving waters with more vegetation than adults.
Guadalupe bass are opportunistic predators, feeding on a wide variety of aquatic invertebrates and small fishes. Common prey items include crayfish, mayflies, dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, beetles, common snails and scuds. Larger fish may consume sunfish, shad or perch fry.
Guadalupebass are relatively easy to catch and make excellent table fare. They can be caught using a wide variety of baits and lures including live baitfish, crayfish, worms, minnows, jigs
The white bass, Morone chrysops, is an excellent sport fish and one of the most popular freshwater game fishes in Texas. It is also one of the most widely distributed fish in the state, being found in nearly all lakes, rivers and reservoirs. The white bass is related to the striped bass, Morone saxatilis. In fact, the two species will interbreed, producing a sterile hybrid known as a wiper. Wipers are found in some waters of Central Texas and have been stocked in a few lakes across the state.
White bass are relatively easy to catch and provide anglers with good table fare. They are also fun to catch on light tackle, making them a popular choice for young anglers or those who want to avoid the hassles of largemouth bass fishing. White bass can be caught using a variety of baits and lures, but they are especially fond of live shad or minnows.
Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) is a species of anadromous fish that is popular for both recreational and commercial fishing. The body of this species is long and somewhat compressed, with dark vertical stripes running the length of the fish. This coloring provides good camouflage when the fish are near the bottom, where they typically spend most of their time feeding on smaller fishes and invertebrates.
Striped bass are found in coastal waters along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida, and along the Gulf coast from Florida to Mexico. In Texas, they are most commonly found in northeast and east-central parts of the state, although they have been stocked in a number of other locations as well.
stripers, as they are sometimes called, prefer large bodies of open water where they can roam freely in search of food. They are commonly found near damns and other structures that create turbulence in the water, as this turbulence attracts smaller prey items. Striped bass are also known to school together in large numbers, making them a popular target for commercial fisheries.
While Striped Bass can grow to be quite large (up to 80 pounds or more), most fish caught by recreational anglers are much smaller, typically ranging from 2-15 pounds. These smaller fish make for good eating, and are often considered some of the tastiest freshwater fish around.
The red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), also known as redfish, channel bass, puppy drum, spottail bass or simply reds, is a game fish found in the Atlantic Ocean from Rhode Island to Mexico, including parts of the Gulf of Mexico and most of Florida. It is the only species in the genus Sciaenops. The red drum is a member of the drums or croaker family (Sciaenidae) which contains about 27 other species of fishes. These other fish are characterized by a Drum sounds produced when swim bladders are compressed. The red drum is most often found in waters over mud bottoms at depths of 0.5 to 40 m (1.6 to 131 ft). It commonly reaches lengths of 91 cm (3 ft) and weighing as much as 36 kg (79 lb), but rarely exceeds 50 cm (20 in) or 15 kg (33 lb). Young red drum typically have one dark spot near their tail base which fades as they mature.
While primarily confined to salt water habitats, juvenile red drum are often found in brackishwater marshes and tidal creeks where they remain until they reach maturity and migrate to nearshore or offshore waters in pursuit of schooling baitfish such as menhaden and anchovies. Spawning takes place offshore between August and October when water temperatures are above 25 C (77 F). The eggs hatch after 24 hours and young-of-the-year spend their first winter in shallow coastal bays before moving to nearshore waters the following spring when they reach a length of 30 cm (12 in). Red drum reach maturity within 3 to 4 years old.
The speckled trout (Salmo trutta morpha fario) is a freshwater fish in the salmon family. It is widespread throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. The trout is an important game fish in many parts of the world.
The speckled trout is a member of the genus Salmo, which includes all species of trout and salmon. The speckled trout is further divided into two subspecies: Salmo trutta morpha fario, which is found in Europe and Asia; and Salmo trutta morpha trutta, which is found in North America. The speckled trout has many different names, including brook trout, lake trout, river trout, and sea trout.
The speckled trout is a medium-sized fish, with adults ranging in size from 12 to 24 inches (30 to 61 cm). The world record for the largest speckled Trout was set in 2009, when a 26-pound (12 kg) fish was caught in France.
Speckled Trout are found in freshwater lakes and rivers across Europe, Asia, and North America. In North America, they are most common in the eastern United States and Canada. Speckled Trout prefer cold water temperatures and can be found in both Still waters such as lakes and ponds; or moving waters such as rivers and streams.
Speckled Trout are carnivorous fish, feeding on smaller fish, crustaceans, insects, and larvae. Their diet varies depending on their location and the time of year. In winter months when water temperatures are colder, Speckled Trout will feed on smaller fishes such as Minnows; while in warmer months they will feed on insects such as Mayflies and Caddisflies.
Hybrid Striped Bass
The hybrid striped bass is a cross between the Morone saxatilis (white bass) and the Morone chrysops (striper). It is well suited for stocking in warm water reservoirs and has become a very popular game fish because of its rapid growth potential and fighting ability. The Texas record fish weighed 21.25 pounds and was caught in Lake Livingston.
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Find all of the freshwater fish species of Texas in one place with our Sport Fishes of Texas – The Ultimate Poster. This chart includes all 84 species, both game and nongame fish, found in the waters of Texas. It is a must-have for anglers, outdoor enthusiasts, and fish fanatics of all ages!
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