Arizona Fish

AZ Sport Fish

  • Black Crappie
    Micropterus salmoides
    Head and back heavily and irregularly spotted with black blotches on a silver-olive background
  • Brook Trout
    Micropterus salmoides
    Gray to olive-green on the back. Vermiculations or worm-like markings on the back and dorsal fin.
  • Channel Catfish
    Micropterus salmoides
    Scattered black spots on a silver or gray colored back and sides with a white belly. Few spots on
  • Largemouth Bass
    Micropterus salmoides
    Non-native to Arizona. Introduced by fishermen in 1897. Very large mouth with upper jaw of adults
  • Northern Pike
    Micropterus salmoides
    Back and sides, dusky olive-green with rows of light oval spots. Dorsal, anal and tail fin have
  • Rainbow Trout
    Micropterus salmoides
    Olive to bluish on the back, silvery sides, a pink band on the sides from head to tail. Many small
  • Smallmouth Bass
    Micropterus salmoides
    Smallmouth bass most often are bronze to brownish green in color, with dark vertical bars on sides
  • Striped Bass
    Micropterus salmoides
    Body has six to nine black horizontal stripes on silvery-white sides. Dorsal fins are distinctly
  • Tilapia
    Micropterus salmoides
    Extensive hybridization often makes identification difficult. Similar in body shape to bluegill.
  • Walleye
    Micropterus salmoides
    Non-native. Introduced in 1957. Back is yellow-olive with a brassy cast. Sides brassy-yellow
  • White Crappie
    Micropterus salmoides
    Similar to black crappie but more silvery in color. Black markings tend to form vertical bars

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