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Florida Nature: Florida Fish
Freshwater Fish- Florida has 3 million acres of freshwater lakes and 12,000 miles of streams and rivers. From those waters over 250 different species of freshwater fish have been collected. This includes several rather rare native fishes and 73 species of nonnative fish. The fish species that most people tend to think about are the larger fish that are used for recreation or food. We have listed our fish by common family groupings.

Black Bass: Largemouth | Redeye | Shoal | Spotted | Suwannee

Catfish:  Blue Catfish | Brown Bullhead | Channel Catfish | Flathead Catfish | White Catfish | Yellow Bullhead

Gar:  Alligator Gar | Florida Gar | Longnose Gar | Spotted Gar

Panfish:  Black Crappie | Bluegill | Flier | Redbreast | Redear | Spotted Sunfish

PickerelsChain Pickerel | Redfin Pickerel

Stripers:  Striper | Sunshine | White Bass

Suckers:  Blacktail Redhorse | Grayfin Redhorse | Highfin Carpsucker | Lake Chubsucker | Quillback | River Redhorse | Sharpfin Chubsucker | Spotted Sucker

Other:  American Eel | American Shad | Atlantic Sturgeon | Bowfin | Golden Shiner | Mosquito Fish | Shortnose Sturgeon | Skipjack Herring | Kuhli | Mozambique Tilapia| Pacu

Nonnative Fish:  Black Acara |  Blue Tilapia | Brown Hoplo | Bullseye Snakehead | Butterfly Peacock | Clown Knifefish | Common Carp | Grass Carp | Jaguar Guapote | Mayan Cichlid | Midas Cichlid | Oscar | Spotted Tilapia | Suckermouth Catfishes | Swamp Eel | Walking Catfish

Prohibited AquaticsElectric Catfish | African Tigerfish | Airbreathing Catfish | Parasitic Catfish | Electric Eel | Lampreys | Piranha |  Trahiras | Airsac Catfish | Green Sunfish | Australian Crayfish



Marine Fish- Florida waters have more than 1,000 species of marine fish, most of them edible and all of them interesting.  Of those, more than 40 are sufficiently important for their harvest to be regulated. Six species have game fish status (redfish, snook, tarpon, bonefish, sailfish, and permit over 20 inches in length), meaning that they may not be sold.  Included in the following listing are 114 fish commonly caught by anglers in Florida. They are grouped into Families as listed in the American Fisheries Society publication, "Common and Scientific Names of Fishes." 

Billfishes: Blue Marlin | Longbill Spearfish | Sailfish | White Marlin

Bluefish:
Bluefish   Bonefish:   Bonefish     Cobia: Cobia (ling)  

Drums:
Atlantic Croaker | Black Drum | Red Drum (redfish) | Sand Seatrout | Silver Seatrout | Spotted Seatrout | Silver Perch (yellowtail) | Weakfish

Grouper:
Black Grouper | Gag | Goliath | Nassau Grouper | Red Grouper | Scamp | Yellowfin Grouper | Yellowmouth Grouper | Warsaw Grouper | Bank Sea Bass | Black Sea Bass | Rock Sea Bass

Flounder:
Gulf Flounder   Grunt: White Grunt     Herring: American Shad

Jacks:  Almaco Jack | Banded Rudderfish | Blue Runner | Cervalle Jack | Greater Amberjack | Lesser Amberjack | Florida Pompano | Palometa | Permit

Mackerels & Tunas:
Cero | King Mackerel | Spanish Mackerel

Mullets:
Striped (Black) Mullet  Spadefish: Atlantic Spadefish   Tarpons: Ladyfish | Tarpon

Porgy:
Grass | Jolthead | Knobbed |Littlehead | Pinfish | Red Porgy | Sheepshead | Spottail Pinfish

Sharks:
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark | Bonnethead Shark | Sandbar Shark | Scalloped Hammerhead | Shortfin Mako

Snappers:
Blackfin Snapper | Cubera Snapper | Dog Snapper | Gray Snapper | Lane Snapper | Mahogany Snapper | Mutton Snapper | Queen Snapper | Red Snapper | Schoolmaster | Silk Snapper | Vermilion Snapper | Yellowtail Snapper

Snook:
Fat Snook | Common Snook | Swordspine Snook | Tarpon Snook
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