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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
Black crappie is one of the most popular sport fish in Florida's fresh waters. Learn more about this species and ongoing black crappie research throughout the state.

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.

Striped Bass
This section covers information on Florida’s striped bass and their hybrids.

TrophyCatch serves as both an angler recognition program and a crowd-sourced data collection mechanism for trophy bass in Florida. In this section you can find research based around trophy-sized largemouth bass.

Yellow Perch
Throughout the United States yellow perch are an important recreational and commercial sportfish. However, in Florida, these fish only exist in limited populations in the Apalachicola River watershed and are mostly unknown to anglers throughout the rest of the state.