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bleeding shiner

Bleeding Shiner

Luxilus zonatus
Like several other shiners found in clear Ozark streams, male bleeding shiners sport brilliant red during breeding season, especially May and early June. Check your identification by the presence of a dark, crescent bar behind the gill cover, and the dark stripe that abruptly narrows just behind the gill opening.

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Blue Catfish

Ictalurus furcatus
Although most blue catfish weigh 3 to 40 pounds, they can grow to weigh 100 pounds. Reports survive from the 1800s of specimens weighing as much as 315 pounds.

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Lepomis macrochirus
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.

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Amia calva
The bowfin is the only living species remaining in its family. Its closest relatives appear as fossils that lived 180 million years ago.

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Brook Silverside

Labidesthes sicculus
Also known as "needlenose," "stick minnow," and "skipjack," this little fish is very active in the daytime and on bright, moonlit nights.

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Brown Trout

Salmo trutta
Also called the "German brown," the brown trout is a native of Europe. A favorite of anglers, it can reach a size of 37 inches and 26 pounds.

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Central Mudminnow

Umbra limi
Mudminnows are a small family of only six species and are most closely related to the pikes. This is the only mudminnow that occurs in our state, and it is rare, occurring only in a few marshy locations near the Mississippi River.

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Central Stoneroller

Campostoma pullum
A brownish minnow with small eyes. The lower jaw has a flat, shelflike extension used to scrape algae from rocks. Found statewide; most active during the daytime.

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Chain Pickerel

Esox niger
Elongated body, snout shaped like a duck’s bill, large mouth with many sharp teeth. Back and sides olive or yellowish brown with a chainlike pattern of dark lines.

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channel catfish

Channel Catfish

Ictalurus punctatus
This pale, darkly spotted catfish ranging from 12 and 32 inches was established as the official Missouri state fish in 1997.

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