One of the most abundant and popular panfishes in North America, this deep-bodied, slab-sided sunfish sports a black “ear flap” extending from the edge of its gill cover.
MDC fisheries biologist Craig Gemming describes some of the main physical characteristic differences between the pallid, shovelnose and lake sturgeon.
As the popularity of walleye fishing has increased in Missouri, management efforts have followed suit in many of the state’s rivers and lakes.
Catch a big Missouri catfish? Use this chart to estimate how much a blue or flathead catfish weighs.
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