Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Sport Fishes

The most popular freshwater sport fishes in Florida include largemouth bass (just one of many black basses), redear and bluegill sunfish, and black crappie.



Alligator Gar

Only found dwelling west of the Apalachicola River, alligator gar are one of the most mysterious fish in Florida. Learn more about this species and ongoing alligator gar research throughout Florida's Panhandle.

American Shad

Although not usually thought of as a sport fish, American shad are still a popular catch amongst anglers.

Black Crappie

Largemouth Bass

Here you can find research articles dedicated to Florida's favorite freshwater sportfish, the largemouth bass.

Black Bass Conservation

There are five species of black bass inhabiting Florida's fresh waters. Here, you can find information on the lesser known spotted, shoal, Suwannee and Choctaw basses.

Freshwater Sunfishes

Many different species of sunfish are found in Florida's inland waters such as bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker), redbreast sunfish, spotted sunfish (stumpknocker), and warmouth. This section is devoted to the research of these species.


FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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