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Tennessee Fish

Spotted Bass or Kentucky Bass
Spotted Bass, Photo by Todd Ratermann

Here is a partial list of fish species that can be found in Tennessee. If you notice any fish we have forgotten to include, please let us know.

Common Name Scientific Name
Alewife  
Alligator Gar  
American Eel Anguilla rostrata
Banded Darter Etheostoma zonale
Bandfin Darter Etheostoma zonistium
Banded Sculpin Cottus carolinae
Bigeye Chub Hybopsis amblops
Bigmouth Buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus
Bighead Carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis
Black Buffalo Ictiobus niger
Black Bullhead Catfish Ameiurus melas
Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Black Darter Etheostoma duryi
Black Redhorse Moxostoma duquesnii
Blackfin Darter Etheostoma nigripinne
Blacknose Crappie  
Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys atratulus
Blackspotted Topminnow Fundulus olivaceus
Blackstripe Topminnow Fundulus notatus
Blacktail Shiner Cyprinella venusta
Blotched Chub Erimystax insiginis
Blotchside Logperch Percina burtoni
Blueback Herring  
Blue Catfish Ictalurus furcatus
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus
Blue Sucker Cycleptus elongatus
   
Bluntnose Darter Etheostoma chlorosoma
Bluntnose Minnow Pimephales notatus
Boulder Darter  
Bowfin  
Brindled Madtom Noturus miurus
Brook Silverside Labidesthes sicculus
Brown Bullhead  
Brown Trout  
Buffalo Darter Etheostoma bison
Bullhead Minnow Pimephales vigilax
Chain Pickerel Esox niger
Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus
   
Common Carp Cyprinus carpio
Creek Chub Semotilus atromaculatus
Emerald Shiner Notropis atherinoides
Fathead Minnow Pimephales promelas
Flathead Catfish Pylodictis olivaris
Flier  
Freshwater Drum Aplodinotus grunniens
Gizzard Shad Dorosoma cepedianum
Golden Redhorse Moxostoma erythrurum
Golden Shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas
Grass Carp Ctenopharyngodon idella
Green Sunfish Lepomis cyanellus
Highfin Carpsucker Carpiodes velifer
Hybrid Striper  
Inland Silverside  
Lake Chubsucker  
Lake Sturgeon  
Lake Trout  
Lamprey  
Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides
Logperch Percina caprodes
Longear Sunfish Lepomis megalottis
Longnose Gar  
Mean Mouth Bass  
Mimic Shiner Notropis volucellus
Mississippi Silverside Menidia audens
Mooneye Hiodon tergisus
Mosquitofish Gambusia affinis
Mottled Sculpin Cottus bairdi
Mud Darter Etheostoma asprigene
Musky  
Northern Hogsucker Hypentelium nigricans
Northern Pike  
Northern Studfish Fundulus catenatus
Orangespotted Sunfish Lepomis humilis
Orangethroat Darter Etheostoma spectabile
Paddlefish Polyodon spathula
Pirate Perch Aphredoderus sayanus
Pugnose Minnow Opsopaeodus emiliae
Pumpkinseed  
Quillback Carpsucker Carpiodes cyprinus
Rainbow Darter Etheostoma caeruleum
Rainbow Trout  
Redear Sunfish Lepomis microlophus
Redfin Shiner Lythrurus umbratilis
Redline Darter Etheostoma rufilineatum
Redtail Chub Nocomis effusus
Ribbon Shiner Lythrurus fumeus
River Carpsucker Carpiodes carpio
River Chub  
River Darter Percina shumardi
River Redhorse Moxostoma carinatum
River Shiner Notropis blennius
River Redhorse Moxostoma carinatum
Rock Bass Ambloplites rupestris
   
Rosefin Shiner Lythrurus ardens
Rosyface Shiner Notropis rubellus
Rosyside Dace Clinostonus funduloides
Sauger Sander canadense
Sawfin Shiner  
Shortnose Gar  
Shovelnose Sturgeon  
Silver Carp  
Silver Chub Macrhybopsis storeriana
Silver Redhorse Moxostoma anisurum
Silver Shiner Notropis photogenis
Silvery Minnow Hybognathus nuchalis
Skipjack Herring Alosa chrysochlaris
Slabrock Darter Etheostoma smithi
Slenderhead Darter Percina phoxocephala
Slough Darter Etheostoma gracile
Smallmouth Bass Micropterus dolomieui
Smallmouth Buffalo Ictiobus bubalus
Smallmouth Redhorse Moxostoma breviceps
Snubnose Darter Etheostoma simoterum
Speckled Darter Etheostoma stigmaeum
Spotfin Shiner Cyprinella spiloptera
Spotted Bass Micropterus punctulatus
Spotted Chub Macrhybopsis hyostoma
Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus
Spotted Sucker Minytrema melanops
Streamline Chub Erimystax dissimilis
Striped Bass Morone saxatilis
Striped Mullet Mugil cephalus
Striped Shiner Luxilus chrysocephalus
Stripetail Darter Etheostoma kennicotti
Tadpole Madtom Notorus gyrinus
Telescope Shiner Notropis telescopus
Tennessee Shiner Notropis leuciodus
Threadfin Shad Dorosoma petenense
Walleye Sander vitreus
Warmouth Lepomis gulosus
White Bass Morone chrysops
White Crappie Pomoxis annularis
White Sucker Catostomus commersonii
Whitetail Shiner Cyprinella galactura
Yellow Bass Morone mississippiensis
Yellow Bullhead Ameiurus natalis
Yellow Perch Perca flavescens
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   


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