It’s a question that’s common most places where hook and line meets water. An angler lands a fish, and suddenly everyone gathers around to look on at the strange creature. The angler suddenly asks: What type of fish is that?
Once you move past the common bass, trout and panfish, there are some odd fishes in the waters. You need look no further that bowfins, sturgeon and other species to see that identification can be difficult or questionable. Regional names can also add to the confusion.
Luckily the EPA can help you identify most any freshwater fish. Their site covers anatomy, habitat and other details with great supporting images and examples. Then visitors can look at state sites to get more details at the local level.
A good starting point is North Dakota’s paddlefish. Yes, it’s an odd one for sure.