By Ken Schultz
A compact, authoritative advisor for freshwater fishing trips
From some of the most revered names on this planet of sportfishing comes the definitive, full-color advisor to a hundred and forty of the commonest freshwater fish species present in North American rivers, lakes, and streams. that includes details on identity, habitat, measurement, and nutrition, Ken Schultz's advisor to Freshwater Fish is a needs to for anglers and sportfishing fans everywhere.
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It has a prominent dark spot on the gill cover and rows of dark spots on the lower sides, as well as white upper and lower outer edges on the orange-tinged tail. The upper jaw of its large mouth extends to the rear portion of the eye but not beyond, and there is usually a patch of teeth on the tongue. The redeye has redder ﬁns than do other black bass; the ﬁrst and the second dorsal ﬁns are connected, and the second dorsal and the caudal ﬁns and the front of the anal ﬁn are brick red on young ﬁsh.
Fish of about 10 to 12 inches are mature enough to reproduce for the ﬁrst time. The male selects and prepares the nest site, a circular bed usually in 1 to 4 feet of water, often positioned near or including some type of object along the shoreline. The female is nudged to the nest site by the male, deposits her eggs, and leaves; the male guards the eggs, which hatch in a few days, and then guards the young fry for a short period. Growth rates for largemouth bass are extremely variable, inﬂuenced as they are by broad geographical location (north versus south), the speciﬁc body of water they inhabit within a particular region, and individual differences even within the same population.
In late April through early June, saltwater alewives run up freshwater rivers from the sea to spawn in lakes and sluggish stretches of river. Landlocked alewives move from deeper waters to nearshore shallows in lakes or upstream in rivers, spawning when the water is between 52° and 70°F. Saltwater females deposit 60,000 to 100,000 eggs, whereas freshwater females deposit 10,000 to 12,000 eggs. They deposit the eggs randomly, at night, and both adults leave the eggs unattended. Young alewives hatch in less than a week, and by fall they return to the sea or to deeper waters.