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  • Longear Sunfish

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    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.

  • Channel Catfish

    Channel Catfish 150 x 100

    Considered most popular for its delicious eating on the kitchen table, the channel catfish are plentiful in large streams. This fish is an easily distinguished species from other catfish based on its highly forked tail with an olive-brown color and silvery white under belly. These catfish measure up to 4 feet long and can weigh up to 50 pounds.

  • Spotted Gar

    Spotted Gar 150 x 100

    The spotted gar is one of the three species of gar found within Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge waters. This prehistoric fish benefits from having olive-brown colored upper bodies to camouflage in the local waters and is most noted for the darker spots along their body and tail. They prefer to stay near the water’s surface for some warm sunshine.

  • Largemouth Bass

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    Largemouth Bass are typically olive to dark-green in color with a black horizontal stripe that runs along its body. They are prominently found in schools near vegetation, which is their main food source. This fish is most prized as a game fish due to its good eating.

  • Paddlefish

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    Renowned for its extended paddle-like nose, the paddlefish is a bluish gray fish reaching lengths of 7 feet long and up to 160 pounds. The iconic nose can be up to 1/3 the length of its total body. Without any teeth, the diet of these strange fish is composed of insects and tiny crustaceans.

  • Black Crappie

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    The Black Crappie is most easily distinguished by the black spots speckled on a silvery white body. This is a medium sized fish that prefers vegetation and sand as cover while hunting smaller fish. The younger fish will prefer to feed on insects and plants throughout streams and lake beds.