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Fish Identification

Nebraska is home to more than 100 species of fish. It is important to have a basic ability to identify the variety of fish species found in Nebraska because of fishing regulations for different species. In addition, a knowledge of the variety of fish found in the state will increase your understanding and appreciation for our fish and aquatic resources. These pages will aid in your discoveries.

Categories of Fish

Sport fish

The following sport fish can be found in Nebraska:

All sunfish hybrids
American eel
Black crappie
Blue catfish
Bluegill
Black trout
Brown trout
Burbot
Channel catfish
Chinook salmon
Cutthroat trout
Flathead catfish
Redfin pickrel

Goldeye
Grass pickering
Green sunfish
Largemouth bass
Muskellunge
Northern pike
Orangespotted sunfish
Paddlefish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow trout
Redear sunfish
Rock bass

Sauger
Saugeye
Shovelnose sturgeon
Skipjack herring
Smallmouth bass
Spotted bass
Striped bass
Stripped bass hybrid (wiper)
Tiger muskellunge
Walleye
White bass
White crappie


Use the fish identification information below to learn more about each species.

Panfish

The following panfish can be found in Nebraska:

All sunfish hybrids
Black crappie
Bluegill
Green sunfish

Orangespotted sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Redear sunfish

Rock bass
White crappie
Yellow perch


Use the fish identification information below to learn more about each species.

Sunfish

The following sunfish can be found in Nebraska:

All sunfish hybrids
Bluegill

Green sunfish
Orangespotted sunfish

Pumpkinseed
Redear sunfish


Use the fish identification information below to learn more about each species.

Commercial fish

The following commercial fish can be found in Nebraska:

Black bullhead
Freshwater drum

Yellow bullhead

Yellow perch


Use the fish identification information below to learn more about each species.

Baitfish

The following baitfish can be found in Nebraska:

Alewife
Bigmouth shiner
Brassy minnow
Creek chub
Devil crayfish*
Emerald shiner
Fathead minnow
Gizzard shad
Golden shiner

Goldfish
Longnose dace
Northern crayfish*
Northern leopard
Frog*
Papershell crayfish*
Plains killfish
Plains leopard frog*

Red shiner
Ringed crayfish*
River shiner
Sand shiner
Stoneroller
Suckermouth minnow
Tiger salamander*
White suker


* Amphibians and crustaceans covered under baitfish regulations

Use the fish identification information below to learn more about each species.

Non-game fish

The following non-game fish can be found in Nebraska:

Longnose gar
Shortnose gar
Common carp
Mirror carp
Flathead chub

Grass carp
Big buffalo
Small mouth buffalo
Black buffalo
Blue sucker

Shorthead readhorse
River carpsucker
Quillback
Longnose sucker
White perch

Use the fish identification information below to learn more about each species.

Fish identification

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