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Fishes of West Virginia

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West Virginia is blessed with a variety of fish resources, including 178 species and 3 hybrid sport fishes distributed among 24 different families. Interestingly, approximately 20 percent are sport fishes, 80% are nongame fishes and 75% are found in just five families: carps/minnows (60 species), perches (31), suckers (18), basses/sunfishes (14), and catfishes (12).

Anglers and fish enthusiasts, Protect your resources by never moving fishes or releasing bait or aquarium fishes.

Fishes of WV Checklist - (PDF format, 193KB)

Fish Identification Information

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