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North Carolina State Fish

Channel Bass (Red Drum) Sciaenops ocellatus Adopted: April 30, 1971


North Carolina General Statutes. North Carolina General Assembly. 2009. 13 March 2009
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Additional Information

Channel Bass - North Carolina State Fish: North Carolina state symbols from the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.

Red Drum: Wildlife profile from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Sciaenops ocellatus: Profile from the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida.

North Carolina state Fish
Credit: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Red Drum: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: Division of Marine Fisheries.

Sciaenops ocellatus (Linnaeus, 1766): Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (01/2009).

Sciaenops ocellatus (Linnaeus, 1766): Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

State Fish: Complete list of official state fish.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official North Carolina state symbols.

Fishing: Fishing opportunities in North Carolina abound. Whether you are fishing for native brook trout in a cold mountain stream, lunker largemouth bass in a piedmont reservoir, brawny striped bass in a river or you just want to take your kids fishing in a local pond, our state's waters offer diverse angling opportunities for everyone - North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

North Carolina Angler: Your online guide to fishing in North Carolina.

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Guide to Saltwater Fish
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