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when considering that catfish have those taste organs on their barbels, which allow them to identify food without having to get a clear picture of it. Conversely, brown troutwhich often feed on insects floating on the surface of the waterneed good long-range vision to search for and identify forage.

This is one reason why dawil and dusk Eire usually good time;; io fish- Also, if you can easily see j iish, that means it can also see you, acid any sudden movement will scare it into hiding. Back off slowly and cast

Fish see color very well, at least as well if not better than humans can, and can distinguish contrasts, brightness, and shade. This holds true mostly for comparatively shallow-water species. Because light does not penetrate water very well, fish that live in the depths have no need to distinguish colors, as most aren't visible there anyway.

Where Fish Live

Different species of fish prefer various types of habitat, depending on their biological needs. Often, that habitat is determined by the temperature of the water. Because fish cannot internally regulate their body temperature, they must seek water in which they are comfortable.

Brook trout, for example, require very clean, cool (never reaching higher than 65° F), well-oxygenated water to survive. Picture a gushing cold mountain stream, and you've defined ideal brook-trout habitat. The brown trout, though, prefers water in the 60°65° range, but it can tolerate much warmer water than can the brookieup to 75° F, or, in some cases, 80° F. Brown trout can live practically anywhere that brook trout live, but brookies can't survive in many waters where brownies thrive. The two species, though, share many of the same food sourcesmainly aquatic and terrestrial insects, crustaceans, and smaller fishso if you're fishing a stream that harbors both fish, you're liable to catch either type if you are using, say, an earthworm for bait.

Compare that with the temperature preferences of the largemouth and smallmouth bass. Largemouths prefer water temperatures from 68° to 78°, but can survive in lakes and rivers that reach higher and lower temperatures. This means that the largemouth can survive, even thrive, in a large variety of waters, and it does: Largemouths are found in almost every state in the U.S., in waters ranging from huge reservoirs to slow-moving rivers to spit-across-size ponds. The smallmouth bassa close relative of the largemouthrequires water near the 70° mark, and therefore is limited in range to cool rivers and large lakes and reservoirs. The range of the smallmouth is limited to the northern

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