Approximately 40 miles of the Clarks River meanders through the refuge. This in addition to the beaver ponds, many creeks, wetlands, and man-made ponds make Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge a good home for a variety of fish species.
This is a beautiful fish with red-orange spots and blue-green iridescent markings. It is distinguished from other species of sunfish by its long gill or "ear" with wavy blue markings. This is the most common sunfish in the Bluegrass state, and can be found in quite pools of rivers and streams or along shorelines of ponds.
The bluegill is a moderately large fish and gets its name from the large blue spot on the back of its gill. Another characteristic that helps identify this species are the evenly spaced dark bars along its back. The bluegill can easily adapt to various water bodies but prefer lakes or slow moving streams. They are most active in early morning.
This is a common but rarely seen fish in Kentucky. They are in the catfish family, but are much smaller. Some species only reaching a few inches when full grown. Much like larger catfish, they like to hang-out at the bottom of rivers and streams and are quick to hide. They can be more active at might when they are less visible.
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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2013