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Texas Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blacktail Shiner
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Grass Carp
Gray Redhorse
Green Sunfish
Guadalupe Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Red Drum
Red-bellied Pacu
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Rio Grande Cichlid
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Shortnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Spotted Bass
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Sunfish
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass
Yellow Bullhead

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Sunfish (Bream)

The sunfish family, Centrarchidae, is a large group of freshwater ray-finned fish. The family contains eight genre, of which two, Black Bass, and Crappie at not view as being closely associated with “sunfish.”  Rather the term sunfish has become associated with any of a large group of species, rock bass, bluegill, pumpkin seed,  mud sunfish, Sacramento perch, flier, banded sunfish, redbreast sunfish, green sunfish, pumpkinseed, warmouth, orangespotted sunfish, Florida bluegill, Handpaint bluegill, northern longear sunfish, central longear sunfish, Ox-bow longear sunfish, redear sunfish, redspotted sunfish, spotted sunfish, and bantam sunfish.
So for our purposes we will refer to waters with “sunfish” to be a mix of the above species.  They go by a wide variety of local names, panfish and bream are a frequently used generic terms. All sunfish have some similarities, in that all have a prominent ear flap, are deep body fish that give the impression of  plate, all are small fish, with few getting much over 12 inches in length. Males of most species hollow out a depression as a spawning nest and defend the eggs and often fry for a period of time.
The majority of these fish are valued as sport fish, as they readily take a wide variety of baits and lures. Many a fisher’s first fish was a sunfish.  If there is a poster fish for this grouping it would have to be the bluegill.  Today, sunfish exist in all the lower 48 states.
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