I wanted to put together a total list of fish species I’ve caught, just to try and keep a running tab. Hopefully it will continue to grow as I fish new waters. I think I get just as excited catching new species as I do catching truly big fish. I’m not on any kind of mission to catch a certain number of species, I just think it will be interesting to maintain and revisit the list from time to time. It should also help to serve as a place to ID a fish that you’ve caught, but have no idea what it is. Of course, I’m not a biologist, so take what I post with a grain of salt, most of my knowledge comes from experience, and the internet. In time I will add other freshwater fish from different families, then move on to saltwater, but for now here are the sunfishes. Update, June 2018: Both of Lance Coley’s articles on black bass species have gone the way of the do-do. Tim Bonvechio and Patrick Cooney have a pretty good article on black bass up on The Fisheries Blog highlighting the 9 species that the scientific community are in agreement on. Work is being done to add more and those are mentioned in the article as well, so be sure to check it out.
Warning to some though, things are about to get nerdy. I’ll separate each species according to it’s taxonomy. Today I’ll start in freshwater with the sunfishes, family Centrarchidae, which has 8 genera, and 28 species native to North America. So far I’ve caught 16 of them. It helps to live in the Southeastern U.S. if you want to catch a variety of sunfish.
I’ll put up a picture and a distribution map of those that I’ve caught. Click the map for more information about that particular species. The distribution maps come from NatureServe Explorer. A pretty good resource for finding information on plants and animals.
Ambloplites ariommus – Shadow bass
Ambloplites rupestris – Rock bass
Lepomis auritus – Redbreast sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus – Green sunfish
Lepomis gulosis – Warmouth
Lepomis macrochirus – Bluegill
Lepomis megalotis – Longear sunfish
Lepomis microlophus – Redear sunfish
Lepomis miniatus – Redspotted sunfish
Lepomis punctatus – Spotted sunfish
Micropterus cataractae – Shoal bass
Micropterus cahabae – Cahaba bass (formerly Redeye bass from the Cahaba River drainage)
Micropterus chattahoochee – Chattahoochee bass (Redeye bass from the Chattahoochee River drainage)
Micropterus coosae – Redeye bass (Redeye bass from the Coosa River drainage)
Micropterus sp. cf. M. coosae – Bartram’s bass (formerly Redeye bass from the Savannah River drainage)
Micropterus sp. cf. M. coosae – Altamaha bass (formerly Redeye bass from the Altmaha River drainage)
Micropterus tallapoosae – Tallapoosa bass (formerly Redeye bass from the Tallapoosa River drainage)
Micropterus warriorensis – Warrior bass (formerly Redeye bass from the Black Warrior River drainage)
Micropterus dolomieu – Smallmouth bass
Micropterus haiaka – Choctaw bass
The newest member of the black bass family as discovered by biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Their range falls in between the Alabama bass and the Shoal bass in Gulf draining streams on the Florida panhandle and in Alabama.
Micropterus hensalli – Alabama bass (formerly Spotted bass of the Mobile River drainage)
No range map given from NatureServe. They are only native to rivers that flow into Mobile Bay.
Micropterus punctulatus – Spotted bass (Kentucky)
Micropterus salmoides salmoides – Northern largemouth bass
Micropterus treculii – Guadalupe bass
Pomoxis nigromaculatus – Black crappie