Species


Crawdads
Austropotamobius pallipes

Crawdads occupy mostly rocky or weedy shorelines where they can seek shelter from predators and feed safely. They are often found in very large numbers in some of Utah reservoirs, such as Strawberry Reservoir.

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Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarkii

These fish look similar to Rainbows but with more spotting and the distinctive red slash near the throat.

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Kokanee Salmon
Oncorhynchus nerka

Land locked Sockeye Salmon, fast powerful fighters.

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Mountain Whitefish
Prosopium williamsoni

Favoring cold clear water, these small cylindrical fish mostly inhabit mountain lakes and streams.

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Common Carp
Cyprinus carpio

These fish are particularly resilient and thrive in slow moving to standing water. In some cases considered a destructive invasive species.

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Bonneville Cisco
Prosopium gemmife

Bonneville cisco generally inhabit deep cool water. During their January spawning period, however, individuals move to shallow water.

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Arctic Grayling
Thymallus arcticus

Small, somewhat elusive, and distinct looking, Grayling can be a welcome suprise when fishing for other species, known for the large sail-like dorsal fin.

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Lake Trout (Mackinaw)
Salvelinus namaycush

Freshwater char also known as Mackinaw, found mostly in northern North American lakes.

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Black Crappie
Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Popular sport fish that is currently found in many of Utah's warmer waters. The species is not native to Utah, but rather to much of central and eastern North America.

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Northern Pike
Esox lucius

Can grow quite huge and are often the fiercest fish in waters inhabited by trout and other smaller species.

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Burbot
Lota lota

The burbot, Lota lota, is a member of the cod family that naturally occurs in fresh waters of northern North America and northern Eurasia. The species was illegally introduced in Wyoming above Flaming Gorge ...

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Channel Catfish
Ictalurus punctatus

The channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) is North America's most numerous catfish species. It is the official fish of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee, and is informally referred to as a 'cha...

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Bear Lake Whitefish
Prosopium abyssicola

Found only in Bear Lake on the Utah-Idaho border. The species inhabits the cold areas of Bear Lake, staying in deeper water during the summer months.

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Brown Trout
Salmo trutta

Large dark spotting pattern makes this fish stand out against the other trouts. They can be tough to catch and strong. Look for fall runs.

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Smallmouth Bass
Micropterus dolomieu

One of the black basses, it is a popular game fish sought by anglers throughout the temperate zones of North America, and has been spread by stocking—as well as illegal introductions—to many cool-water tribu...

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Splake Trout
Salvelinus namaycush x Salvelinus fontinalis

A splake trout is the hybrid cross between a female Lake Trout & a male Brook Trout. It has a dark background with white spots. The tail fin is not as deeply forked as lake trout. The pectoral fins are easil...

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Bluegill
Lepomis macrochirus

A popular sport fish that is not native to Utah, but is now found throughout the state in warm water habitat. The native range of the species includes much of central and eastern North America.

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Black Bullhead Catfish
Ictalurus melas

The black bullhead is native to areas east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States, southern Canada, and northern Mexico.

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Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis

Especially prevelant, sometimes over populated, in high elevation lakes and streams, these fish have one spots and multi-colored fins.

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Sacramento Perch
Archoplites interruptus

Small but mighty, a carnivorous fish with rough scales.

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Golden Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita

Golden Trout are extremely rare in Utah, and are only found in a select few high mountain lakes in the High Uinta Mountains. They are native to California, but even there they are not nearly as common as the...

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June Sucker
Chasmistes liorus

an endangered species of fish endemic to Utah Lake and the Provo River in the U.S. state of Utah. It is a gray or brownish fish with a paler belly, growing up to about 24 in (61 cm).

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Bonneville Whitefish
Prosopium Spilonotus

Bonneville whitefish prefer cold water, and stay in cool deep areas of the lake during the summer months. The species is the focus of limited fishing pressure, primarily during its spawning period.

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Redside Shiner
Richardsonius balteatus

The redside shiner is native to Montana west of the Divide and has been introduced into our eastern drainage, probably by bait fishermen. It likely was given its common name because red develops on its sides...

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Green Sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus

Green sunfish are brassy-green or blue-green on the back, sometimes with metallic-green flecks and dusky bars on the sides. The flap over the gills is a dark color.

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Utah Chub
Gila atraria

This chub generally follows the cyprinid body plan. Its dorsal fin lies directly over the pelvic fins, and usually has nine rays. Coloration is rather variable; the back is usually a metallic or olive green ...

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Rainbow Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss

Adult fish are distinguished by a broad reddish stripe along the lateral line, from gills to the tail, which is most vivid in breeding males. Rainbow trout are predators with a varied diet and will eat ne...

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Tiger Muskellunge
Esox masquinongy × lucius or Esox lucius × masquinongy

Commonly called tiger muskie. Hybrid offspring of a muskie and northern pike, sometimes known as the fish of 10,000 casts.

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Largemouth Bass
Micropterus salmoides

The head is large and long. The mouth is large and terminal with the upper jaw reaching past the center of the eye in adults. The upper parts of the body and head are greenish with a silvery or brassy luster...

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Tilapia
Oreochromis aureus

Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers and lakes and less commonly found living in brackish water. Historically, they have been of major importance in artisanal fishing ...

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Utah Sucker
Catostomus ardens

A narrow rosy lateral band extends backwards from the head. The mouth has thick lips and is on the underside of the head. Some populations are in decline because of anthropogenic factors but overall this fi...

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Walleye
Sander vitreus

Olive and gold in color, Walleyes are native to Canada and the Northern US. They have good vision and thus feed most in low visibility water conditions.

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White Bass
Morone chrysops

The species' main color is silver-white to pale green. Its back is dark, with white sides and belly, and with narrow dark stripes running lengthwise on its sides. It has large, rough scales and two dorsal fi...

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Tiger Trout
Salmo trutta × Salvelinus fontinalis

The name derives from the pronounced vermiculations, which evoke the stripes of a tiger. The fish is an anomaly in the wild, with the brook trout having 84 chromosomes and the brown trout 80.[1][2] Records s...

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Striped Bass
Morone saxatilis

Stripers are easily identified by dark horizontal stripes across a silvery body. They can grow to more than 48 inches, weigh over 50 pounds and live up to 30 years.

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Wiper
Morone saxatilis x M. chrysops

Hybrid striped bass are known for aggressive feeding habits which makes them highly sought-after by anglers. Often schooling by the thousands, these stocked fish surface feed on baitfish such as shad. Often ...

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Yellow Perch
Perca flavescens

Yellow perch is often recognized by its dark vertical stripes and gold or yellow body color. Perca is derived from early Greek for 'perch' and flavescens is Latin for 'becoming gold' or 'yellow colored'. Adu...

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