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A fish is a cold-blooded animal that lives and breathes underwater. Fish typically have scales, gills, fins, and a streamlined body.
Fish
Bluegill
They prefer very warm, quiet, shallow waters under the cover of weed beds and submerged brush.
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Brook trout
This brightly colored fish is Wisconsin's only native stream trout.
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Brown Trout
Steelhead and rainbow trout are really the same species of fish.
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Bullhead
The bullhead is an interesting, smooth-skinned fish.
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Channel Catfish
Wisconsin has two kinds of catfish, the channel catfish and the flathead catfish.
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Salmon
You may know this fish by another name such as king salmon, spring salmon, blackmouth, tschawytscha, chin, king, magnum, or shaker.
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Salmon
The coho salmon has many different names.
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Crappie jumping out of water
Beware of the trademark spiny-rays on the dorsal fin of this sunfish - ouch!
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Lake Trout drawing
Lake trout are native to the Great Lakes area, New England, and Canada.
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Largemouth Bass
This brainy fish is the largest of the sunfish family, and has a mighty cavernous jaw.
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Muskellunge
Meet the muskellunge—a lean, mean fightin' machine.
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Northern Pike
This is Wisconsin's second largest predator fish.
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Pumpkinseed fish
This is the number one fish for kids to catch all over Wisconsin!
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Inland Rainbow Trout
Steelhead and rainbow trout are really the same species of fish.
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Round Goby
This invader is a bottom dwelling fish with a large head, resembling a tadpole.
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Sturgeon
Dinosaur Fish Lurk in Wisconsin Waters
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Walleye
The walleye is the largest member of the perch family.
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Yellow Perch
Perch are found everywhere in Wisconsin and are very popular to catch and eat.
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At a Glance

  • Bluegill

    They prefer very warm, quiet, shallow waters under the cover of weed beds and submerged brush.

  • Brook trout

    This brightly colored fish is Wisconsin's only native stream trout.

  • Brown Trout

    Steelhead and rainbow trout are really the same species of fish.

  • Bullhead

    The bullhead is an interesting, smooth-skinned fish.

  • Channel Catfish

    Wisconsin has two kinds of catfish, the channel catfish and the flathead catfish.