From small, rarely seen species of darters to large game fish like salmon and muskellunge, New York's waters are home to an incredible variety of freshwater fish species. Over 165 fish species inhabit the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, providing New York with one of the richest fish faunas in the nation.
In order to cover the diversity of New York's freshwater fishes, we offer both the Freshwater Fishes of New York series and the Freshwater Fish Gallery (images). These maps provide a general overview of the distribution of each of New York's fishes. Please enjoy exploring about New York's freshwater fish.
More about Freshwater Fishes:
- Freshwater Fishes Large Drawing - A drawing by DEC retiree Gene Gawalt of some NYS freshwater fish.
- Freshwater Fishes of New York Series - Information on the ten main freshwater fish families, game and non-game fish, unusual and endangered fish.
- Fish Atlas Maps of New York - Maps showing the habitat, native range and status of freshwater fishes.