• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

Fish Checklist

Species list of all known fish species in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Native species are considered those species found in area waters prior to the arrival of European settlers. Game species are considered those that anglers seek for recreational fishing and harvest. Stream/Reservoir indicates fish may occupy the Fontana Lake impoundment and/or the lower reaches of streams flowing into it.

Family

Common Name

Scientific Name

Native

Game

Habitat
Atherinopsidae Brook Silverside Labidesthes sicculus

Yes

No

Stream/Reservoir
Catostomidae White Sucker Catostomus commersonii

Yes

No

Stream/Reservoir
Catostomidae Northern Hog Sucker Hypentelium nigricans

Yes

No

Stream/Reservoir
Catostomidae River Redhorse Moxostoma carinatum

Yes

No

Stream

Catostomidae

Black Redhorse Moxostoma duquesnei

Yes

No

Stream
Catostomidae Golden Redhorse Moxostoma erythrurum

Yes

No

Stream
Catostomidae Sicklefin Redhorse Moxostoma sp. Yes No Stream/Reservoir
Catostomidae Shorthead Redhorse Moxostoma macrolepidotum

Yes

No

Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Rock Bass Ambloplites rupestris

Yes

Yes

Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae

Redbreast Sunfish

Lepomis auritus

No

Yes

Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Green Sunfish Lepomis cyanellus

Yes

Yes

Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Warmouth Lepomis gulosus

Yes

Yes

Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus

Yes

Yes

Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Longear Sunfish Lepomis megalotis Yes Yes Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Redear Sunfish Lepomis microlophus Yes Yes Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides Yes Yes Reservoir
Centrarchidae Spotted Bass Micropterus punctulatus Yes Yes Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae Smallmouth Bass Micropterus dolomieu Yes Yes Stream/Reservoir
Centrarchidae White Crappie Pomoxis annularis Yes Yes Reservoir
Centrarchidae

Black Crappie

Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Yes Yes Reservoir
Moronidae White Bass

Morone chrysops

Yes Yes Reservoir

Clupeidae

Gizzard Shad Dorosoma cepedianum Yes No Reservoir
Cottidae Mottled Sculpin Cottus bairdii Yes No Stream

Cottidae

Banded Sculpin Cottus carolinae Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Central Stoneroller Campostoma anomalum Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Rosyside Dace Clinostomus funduloides Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Whitetail Shiner Cyprinella galactura Yes No Stream/Reservoir
Cyprinidae

Flame Chub

Hemitremia flammea Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Bigeye Chub Hybopsis amblops Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Striped Shiner Luxilus chrysocephalus Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Warpaint Shiner Luxilus coccogenis Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae River Chub Nocomis micropogon Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae

Tennessee Shiner

Notropis leuciodus Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Silver Shiner Notropis photogenis Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Rosyface Shiner Notropis rubellus Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Saffron Shiner Notropis rubricroceus Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Emerald Shiner Notropis atherinoides Yes No Stream/Reservoir
Cyprinidae Mirror Shiner Notropis spectrunculus Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae

Telescope Shiner

Notropis telescopus Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Fatlips Minnow Phenacobius crassilabrum Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Tennessee Dace Chrosomus tennesseensis Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Fathead Minnow Pimephales promelas Yes No Reservoir
Cyprinidae Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys atratulus Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae Longnose Dace Rhinichthys cataractae Yes No Stream
Cyprinidae

Creek Chub

Semotilus atromaculatus Yes No Stream
Ictaluridae Yellow Bullhead Ameiurus natalis Yes No Stream/Reservoir

Ictaluridae

Smoky Madtom** Noturus baileyi Yes No Stream

Ictaluridae

Yellowfin Madtom* Noturus flavipinnis Yes No Stream

Ictaluridae

Flathead Catfish Pylodictis olivaris Yes Yes Stream/Reservoir
Percidae Greenside Darter Etheostoma blennioides Yes No Stream
Percidae Greenfin Darter Etheostoma chlorobranchium Yes No Stream
Percidae Fantail Darter Etheostoma flabellare Yes No Stream
Percidae Tuckasegee Darter Etheostoma gutselli Yes No Stream
Percidae Citico Darter** Etheostoma sitikuense Yes No Stream
Percidae

Redline Darter

Etheostoma rufilineatum Yes No Stream
Percidae Snubnose Darter Etheostoma simoterum Yes No Stream
Percidae Swannanoa Darter Etheostoma swannanoa Yes No Stream
Percidae Wounded Darter Etheostoma vulneratum Yes No Stream
Percidae Banded Darter Etheostoma zonale Yes No Stream
Percidae Yellow Perch Perca flavescens No Yes Reservoir
Percidae

Tangerine Darter

Percina aurantiaca Yes No Stream
Percidae Logperch Percina caprodes Yes No Stream/Reservoir
Percidae Gilt Darter Percina evides Yes No Stream
Percidae Olive Darter Percina squamata Yes No Stream
Percidae

Walleye

Sander vitreus Yes Yes Reservoir
Petromyzontidae Mountain Brook Lamprey Ichthyomyzon greeleyi Yes No Stream
Petromyzontidae

American Brook Lamprey

Lethenteron appendix Yes No Stream
Poeciliidae Western Mosquitofish Gambusia affinis Yes No Stream/Reservoir
Salmonidae Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss No Yes Stream/Reservoir
Salmonidae Brown Trout Salmo trutta No Yes Stream/Reservoir
Salmonidae Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis Yes Yes Stream

 

Notes:

* Indicates Federally Threatened
** Indicates Federally Endangered

Species List Revised 07/2013 by Thomas Johnson, Fisheries Technician

References:

Page, L. M., H. Espinosa-Perez, L. T. Findley, C. R. Gilbert, R. N. Lea, N. E. Mandrak, R. L. Mayden, and J. S. Nelson. 2013. Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, 7th edition. American Fisheries Society, Special Publication 34, Bethesda, Maryland.

Page, L. M., and Burr, B. M. 2011. A field guide to freshwater fishes: North America north of Mexico, 2nd edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Etnier, D. A., and Starnes, W. C. 1993. The fishes of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press.

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