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Fish Species

Freshwater native and non-native fish species present currently and/or historically, determined from the PISCES database (Feb. 26, 2014).  Some species, such as salmon or steelhead, may no longer be present upstream of dams that lack fish passage.

Yes/No corresponds to California native species

Bigscale Logperch

Percina macrolepida
No

Thumbnail. Bigscale logperch, captured from Putah Creek in November 2008. Photo by Teejay O'Rear, March 2009.

Black Bullhead

Ameiurus melas
No

Thumbnail. Black bullhead, approximately 15 cm (6”) long. Location: Suisun Marsh, California Date: 8/6/2007. Photo by Dave Giordano.

Black Crappie

Pomoxis nigromaculatus
No

Thumbnail. Black crappie, captured in rotary screw trap on the Sacramento River at Knight's Landing on 2/26/2009. Photo by Dan Worth, CDFW

Central Valley spring Chinook Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Yes

Thumbnail. Chinook salmon. Spring-run Chinook salmon (female spawner) swimming in Butte Creek, CA on 14 September 2006. Photo - Lisa Thompson, UC Davi

Channel Catfish

Ictalurus punctatus
No

Thumbnail. Channel catfish, caught in Nacimiento Reservoir in May 2008 by Teejay O'Rear. Photo by Amber Manfree.

Common Carp

Cyprinus carpio
No

Thumbnail. Common carp approximately 18 cm (7”) long. Location: Suisun Marsh, California. Date: 8/8/2008. Photo by Dave Giordano.

Goldfish

Carassius auratus
No

Thumbnail. Goldfish, captured in rotary screw trap on Sacramento River at Knight's Landing. Date: January 2009. Photo by Dan Worth, CDFW.

Hardhead

Mylopharodon conocephalus
Yes

Thumbnail. Hardhead, adult, right side. Location: Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture, UC Davis. Date: 17 May 2007. Photo by Dave Giordano.

Inland Threespine Stickleback

Gasterosteus aculeatus microcephalus
Yes

Thumbnail. Threespine stickleback (armored). Location: Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Date: 16 April 2011. Photo by Christopher Mosser, UC Davis.

Redear Sunfish

Lepomis microlophus
No

Thumbnail. Redear sunfish. Photo courtesy of Professor Peter B. Moyle.

Sacramento Blackfish

Orthodon microlepidotus
Yes

Thumbnail. Sacramento blackfish, caught in the San Joaquin river near Stockton on 11/11/08. Photo by Steve Reem.

Sacramento Hitch

Lavinia exilicauda exilicauda
Yes

Thumbnail. Hitch adult. Photo courtesy of Professor Peter B. Moyle.

Sacramento Perch

Archoplites interruptus
Yes

Thumbnail. Sacramento perch, adult male. Captured from Sindicich Lagoon, Martinez, California in May 2001. Photo by Chris Miller, Contra Costa MVCD.

Sacramento Pikeminnow

Ptychocheilus grandis
Yes

Thumbnail. Sacramento pikeminnow, juvenile. Location: Deer Creek California (Yuba River basin). Date: 6/20/2007. Photo by Dave Giordano.

Sacramento Splittail

Pogonichthys macrolepidotus
Yes

Thumbnail. Sacramento splittail, adult, from the Cosumnes River, CA. Photo courtesy of Professor Peter B. Moyle.

Sacramento Sucker

Catostomus occidentalis occidentalis
Yes

Thumbnail. Sacramento sucker, adult, caught in Putah Creek, California on 26 June 2008 by Teejay O'Rear. Photo by Amber Manfree.

Shimofuri Goby

Tridentiger bifasciatus
No

Thumbnail. Shimofuri goby, approximately 5 cm (2”) long. Location: Suisun Marsh, California Date: 8/6/2007. Photo by Dave Giordano.

Striped Bass

Morone saxatilis
No

Thumbnail. Striped bass, approximately 18 cm (7”) long. Location: Suisun Marsh, California Date: 8/6/2007. Photo by Dave Giordano.

Thicktail Chub

Siphatales crassicauda
Yes

Threadfin Shad

Dorosoma petenense
No

Thumbnail. American shad, head. Caught on the Feather River (Star Bend boat launch) on 4 July 2008. Approximately 20 cm TL.  Photo by Brian Currier.

White Catfish

Ameiurus catus
No

Thumbnail. White catfish swimming, approximately 21 cm (6”) long. Location: Deer Creek, California Date: 6/20/2007. Photo by Dave Giordano.

White Crappie

Pomoxis annularis
No

Thumbnail. White crappie. Photo courtesy of Corey Geving, webmaster at roughfish.com.

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