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APPENDIX D

SPECIES AND RESOURCE GUIDE

This final appendix in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fishing Basics provides basic reference information that can help you learn more about key fish species, as well as lists of resources that you can consult to learn more about a fishing topic. Additionally, this appendix lists some mail-order sources for fishing tackle and related gear.

Selected Freshwater Fish Species Profiles

Although there's not enough room in this book to provide you with detailed descriptions of all fish, I've profiled the 14 freshwater species that are most sought after by anglers.

The next section of this appendix, Books, notes several resources that can provide more detail about some of the species covered here.

Largemouth Bass

Among anglers, the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is the number-one freshwater species in the U.S. Indigenous to warm-water lakes and rivers in the eastern and southern regions of the country, the largemouth's range now extends to waters throughout the lower 48 states, from half-acre farm ponds to miles-long reservoirs. Largemouthswhich actually belong to the sunfish family, Centrarchidae average 1 to 3 pounds, depending on the range, although larger fish are common in southern and western waters.

Largemouths are not known for having a selective diet. Smaller fish, crustaceans, worms, insects, frogs, snakes, mice, and even small birds are all part of this gamefish's menu.

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