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The state of Arkansas has a wide variety of freshwater fish species in its rivers, lakes, and streams.

Sport

Black Bass

Order: Perciformes, Family: Centrarchidae

North American Catfish

Order: Siluriformes Family: Ictaluridae

Pikes

Order: Esociformes Family: Esocidae

Sunfishes

Order: Perciformes, Family: Centrarchidae

Temperate Bass

Order: Perciformes, Family: Moronidae

  • Native Species
  • Non-native, exotic species
    • Striped bass, Morone saxatilis
    • Hybrid striped bass, Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis

Trouts

Order: Salmoniformes, Family: Salmonidae

Non-sport

Bowfin

Order: Amiiformes, Family: Amiidae

  • Native species

Gars

Order: Lepisosteiformes, Family: Lepisosteidae

Paddlefish

Order: Acipenseriformes, Family: Polyodontidae

Sturgeons

Order: Acipenseriformes, Family: Acipenseridae

The three types of sturgeon native to Arkansas are uncommon, and two of the species are listed as endangered nationwide. The lake sturgeon is near the southern end of its range in Arkansas, more commonly found in the Upper Midwest. Pallid and shovelnose sturgeon live in large, turbid rivers of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, including the lower Arkansas, Mississippi, and lower White rivers downstream of impoundments.

Eels

Order: Anguilliformes, Family: Anguillidae

Herrings

Order: Clupeiformes, Family: Clupeidae

  • Native species

Lampreys

Order: Petromyzontiformes, Family: Petromyzontidae

Mudminnow

Order: Esociformes, Family: Umbridae

Smelts

Order: Osmeriformes, Family: Osmeridae

Mooneyes

Order: Hiodontiformes, Family: Hiodontidae

  • Native species
    • Goldeye, hiodon alosoides
    • Mooneye, hiodon tergisus
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