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DID YOU KNOW?

‌ that the largemouth bass is the most popular sport fish in America? Although it is most popular in the southeastern states, many different varieties of the largemouth bass can be found in the north and western regions of the U.S.

Fishing Checklist Are you packed up and ready to go? Go through this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to go fishing!

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Plastic bags for collecting trash

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Got everything you need? You're all ready and set. Now go have fun!

Fish Lure Bobber Sinker Hook Tacklebox Worm Grasshopper Minnow Life Jacket 4

Stuck on a Puzzle? You can find the answers on page 39

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Know Your Knots When reeling in a nice catch, fishing knots can be your strongest or weakest link. The following knots are some of the most used and easiest to remember.

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When tying a clinch, you can moisten the knot with saliva. The lubrication keeps the line from weaking from the friction of tying! Scan Me for Videos

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To learn more ask your parents permission to visit YouTube.com/ShakespeareFishingUS or scan the QR code.

3) I am a common fish and my name rhymes with tarp. 5) I am a round fish and can fit in a pan. 6) I am a fish and my gills are blue.

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1) I am a fish that is often yellow and rhymes with birch. 2) I am a fish named for my whiskers. 4) I am a fish that often lives in streams and am very long. 6) I am the most popular sport fish in America. Stuck on a Puzzle? You can find the answers on page 39

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RIG IT RIGHT

Texas Rig Insert hook into nose of Powerbait速 shaky worm or power lizard. Pull hook through body, rotate hook and embed the point.

Float Rig Attach bobber to the line on the top and bottom. Adjust the depth of the bobber by sliding it up and down the line.

Rigged bait should be straight, with hook point at the surface. For fishing in deeper water, crimp a split-shot weight 3-6 inches above the hook.

Tie a hook or Marabou jig to the end of the line. Crimp a split shot weight onto the line a few inches above the hook. Attach a Gulp!速 Cappie Nibble or live bait to the end of the hook.

Jig Head Insert the hook into the nose end of the grub. Thread the bait onto the hook. When the hook reaches the middle of the bait, push the end of the hookout of the bait. Slide the bait toward the head of the jig.

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When Fishing, Remember... Be considerate of one another. Leave the area you are fishing cleaner than when you arrived.

CONSERVATION

To ensure that the fishing is good for everybody, anglers practice conservation methods. Many species of popular game fish have size and catch limits, which require anglers to release undersized fish and “over the limit” fish. Many anglers also voluntarily release their fish. If these fish are not released properly, their chances of survival are reduced.

Abide by all rules and regulations. Keep at least one rod’s length between you and the next angler. Always look around you before casting to prevent hooking people, trees or power lines. Be careful around water and make sure you have a fishing buddy with you. Always wear a life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD)

To practice catch & relase fishing Use needle-nose pliers or forceps to remove hooks from fish Limit fighting and handling time Minimize fish’s time out of water Never hold fish by gills Allow fish to swim away on its own. If fish has swallowed hook, cut line as far down as possible. Do NOT pull the hook out!

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FRESH WATER FISH Catch of the Day!

Bass

Common Species Largemouth and Smallmouth

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Preferred Habitat Largemouth Bass • Slow moving streams • Pools of large rivers • Natural lakes • All sizes of man-made impoundments • Warm, moderately clear water that has no appreciable current

I have caught this fish Smallmouth Bass • Streams and rivers • Rocky areas , stumps, and sandy bottoms of lake reservoirs • Cool, clear water with moving or still current

Catfish

Common Species Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish

Preferred Habitat Blue Catfish • Rivers and large creeks • Large impoundments. • Rock, gravel, or clean sandy bottoms • Moderate to swift currents

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Channel Catfish: • Small to large creeks and rivers • Reservoirs and ponds with a range of substrates

I have caught this fish Flathead Catfish: • Medium to large rivers • Large reservoirs (slower fish growth-rates) • Deep holes • Large structures such as fallen trees, stumps and undercut banks

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FRESH WATER FISH Catch of the Day Day!!

Perch

Panfish

Preferred Habitat • Commonly found in small ponds, lakes, streams, or rivers

Common Species Crappie, Bream, Bluegill, Sunfish

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Striper Preferred Habitat • Found in major rivers and large impoundment, estuarine, and coastal areas • Uses both marine and freshwater habitats during their life cycle.

I have caught this fish • Prefer cool waters and are diadromous, migratory between fresh and saltwaters throughout their range, except in South Carolina

DID YOU KNOW?

When a fish is described as “anadromous,” it means that the fish species migrates up rivers from the sea to spawn. The salmon is likely the most well-known anadromous species of fish.

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Preferred Habitat • Tolerant of many habitat types including pools of creeks and rivers, swamps, oxbow lakes, ponds, vegetated shores of impoundments, man-made lakes, ponds, and retention basins

I have caught this fish • Prefer sluggish or slow moving water

Trout

Common Species Rainbow trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout Preferred Habitat • Rainbow trout prefer cool, clear rivers, streams, and lakes • Some will leave their freshwater homes and follow a river out to the sea • Brown trout can tolerate warmer water temperatures (not exceeding 68°F)

I have caught this fish • Can be found in small creeks, rivers and reservoirs • They inhabit deep pools, undercut banks, and areas of low light intensity

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FRESH WATER FISH Catch of the Day!

Walleye

Preferred Habitat • Found in clear and cool pools, runs, and backwaters of large rivers and reservoirs

Pike

Common Species Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike

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Salmon Preferred Habitat • Found in the northern Atlantic Ocean and connecting rivers, and the north Pacific due to human intervention • Rainbow trout and steelhead trout are the same species • Sockeye salmon are found in the northern Pacific Ocean and rivers discharging into it

I have caught this fish • The Steelhead is a sea-run rainbow trout usually returning to freshwater to spawn

Preferred Habitat • Chain Pickerels are found in heavily vegetated areas of slow moving rivers, streams, swamps, and lakes

I have caught this fish • Northern Pikes are found in slow streams and shallows, weedy places in lakes, as well as in cold, clear, rocky waters

Muskie Common Species Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike Preferred Habitat • Prefer clear waters • Lurk along weed edges, rocky outcrops, or other structures to rest

I have caught this fish • Forms two distinct home ranges in summer: a shallow range and a deeper one

Trout have teeth on the roof of the mouth, called "vomerine teeth." This helps to distinguish trout from salmon. In trout, the teeth are a strong double row; in adult salmon in freshwater, they are small and a single row or absent. 16

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Catfish Trout Sheepshead Perch

You can use the example above and draw your own new species of fish. Be sure to give it a cool, unique name!

Croaker Walleye Panfish Snapper

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SALTWATER FISH Catch of the Day !

Preferred Habitat • Inshore species • Found around oyster bars, seawalls, and tidal creeks

I have caught this fish

Shark

Snapper

Preferred Habitat • Inhabits waters from 30–200ft (9.1–61m), but as deep as 300ft (91m) on occasion • Inhabits rocky bottoms, ledges, ridges, and artificial reefs, including offshore oil rigs and shipwrecks

Sheepshead

Common Species Shortfin Mako Shark, Thresher Shark and Blue Shark

I have caught this fish • They stay relatively close to the bottom

Preferred Habitat • Found in all seas • Generally do not live in fresh water, with a few exceptions

I have caught this fish • Common to depths of 7,000ft, and even deeper

Red Fish

Common Species Red Drum

Preferred Habitat • Is found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Northern Mexico

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I have caught this fish • The red drum also known as channel bass, redfish, spottail bass or simply reds

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H S I F R E T A W T L SA Catch of the Day !

Common Species Yellowtail

I have caught this fish • Typically in 20—75m (10 to 40 fathoms)

Croaker

Common Species Yellowfin Croaker, Black Croaker and White Croaker Preferred Habitat • Bottom-dwelling fishes • Lives primarily in estuaries, bays, and muddy river banks

Preferred Habitat • Flounder ambush their prey, feeding at soft muddy areas of the sea bottom • Can be found at bridge piles, docks, and coral reefs

I have caught this fish

Trout

Amberjack Preferred Habitat • Found in rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks

Flounder

Common Species Rainbow trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout Preferred Habitat • Rainbow trout prefer cool, clear rivers, streams, and lakes • Some will leave their freshwater homes and follow a river out to the sea • Brown trout can tolerate warmer water temperatures (not exceeding 68°F)

I have caught this fish • Can be found in small creeks, rivers and reservoirs • They inhabit deep pools, undercut banks, and areas of low light intensity

I have caught this fish • Avoids clear waters, such as coral reefs and oceanic islands.

DID YOU KNOW?

...that Bluefin tuna, also known as thunnus thynnus, are among the largest and fastest marine fish? An adult may weigh 1,500 pounds and swim up to 55 miles per hour.

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