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Publications / Documents

The 100-Year Chain: The Pike Family (WEB ONLY)
Overview of the pike family.  
Minimum grade level: MS   

All About Fish -- PLAY (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: All About Fish -- Internal Anatomy -- Living in Water: Fish Anatomy -- PA Fish Family Tree -- How Fish Swim 
Minimum grade level: ES   

American Eel (WEB ONLY)
Introduction to the American eel.  
Minimum grade level: ES   

Atlantic Sturgeon (WEB ONLY)
Introduction to the Atlantic sturgeon.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Back to the Sea (FACT SHEET)
Fact sheet details fall migration of fish such as American shad, herring, striped bass and American eel from Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers. Includes information on turbine passage.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

The Catfish Family -- PLAY (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: The Catfish Family -- Catfish in Pennsylvania -- Life of a Catfish -- Know your Catfish -- To Catch a Cat -- Little Cats  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Burbot (WEB ONLY)
Introduction to the burbot.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Diadromy (FACT SHEET)
Information on diadromous fishes--fish that migrate between salt and fresh water. Anadromous and catadromous fish.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Dino-fish (WEB ONLY)
Information on the prehistoric fish, Dunkleosteous, found in Pennsylvania.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Fish Colors (WEB ONLY)
Biology of fish coloration, color patterns, pigments, etc.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Fish Get Sick Too (FACT SHEET)
Fact sheet on fish diseases and parasites. Includes information on viruses and treatments.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Fish Parts (FACT SHEET)
Word search puzzle on external anatomy of soft ray fish. Label the parts and find the names in the word search. Good introduction to terminology. Answers
Minimum grade level: ES    

Fish Senses: Sight (FACT SHEET)
How fish see: color, distance vision, 3D, etc.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Fish Senses: Hearing (FACT SHEET)
How fish hear, the mechanics of the lateral line and otolith.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Fish Senses: Taste and Smell (FACT SHEET)
How fish taste and smell: chemistry of smell, taste buds and nares.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

From Egg to Creel: Life of a Hatchery Trout (FACT SHEET)
Fact sheet on the steps in trout culture. How the Commission raises and stocks trout.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

From Egg to Creel: Walleye (FACT SHEET)
Fact sheet on the steps in walleye culture. How the Commission raises and stocks walleye.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Highlights on Hybrid Fish (FACT SHEET)
Info on hybrid fish stocked in PA and why we stock hybrids.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

It's a Trout's Life (WEB ONLY)
Compares life cycles of hatchery and wild trout.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Know Your Bass (WEB ONLY)
How to tell the difference between largemouth and smallmouth bass.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Largemouth Bass: Focus on Habitat (WEB ONLY)
This handout describes and shows the habitat for a largemouth bass.  
Minimum grade level: ES-HS    

Life of a Sunfish (WEB ONLY)
Life cycle of sunfish.  
Minimum grade level: ES

Migratory Fish Restoration and Passage on the Susquehanna River (WEB ONLY)
Minimum grade level: MS-HS    

PA's Dynamic Darters (WEB ONLY)
Information on common darters. Includes identification, range and more.  
Minimum grade level: ES

Paddlefish (WEB ONLY)
Introduction to paddlefish.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Pennsylvania Fishes Identification Guide (BROCHURE)
Brochure showing the different types and species of fish found in Pennsylvania. All drawings in color.  
Minimum grade level: ES-HS    

Pennsylvania's Trout and Salmon Family Tree (WEB ONLY)
Overview of the trout and salmon family.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Longnose Gar (WEB ONLY)
Introduction to the longnose gar.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

PLAY: All About Fish (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure with fish anatomy, a fish family tree, and fish locomotion.  
Minimum grade level: ES-HS    

PLAY: All About Trout (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: All About Trout, PA's Trout & Salmon Family Tree, It's a Trout's Life, Trout Fishing, Care of the Catch  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS    

PLAY: PA's Unusual Fish (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: Unusual Fish, Paddlefish, Quillback Carpsucker, Longnose Gar, Atlantic Sturgeon, American Eel, Burbot  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS    

PLAY: The Sunfish Family (Bass) (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: The Sunfish Family, Sunfish Family Tree, Life of a Sunfish, Know Your Bass, To Catch a Bass, Care of the Catch  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS   

Popular Sport-fishes of Pennsylvania (FACT SHEET)
How, where and when to catch them.  
Minimum grade level: MS    

Quillback Carpsucker (WEB ONLY)
Introduction to the quillback carpsucker.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Seasons of a Trout (FACT SHEET)
Life cycle of a wild trout.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

The Sunfish Family (WEB ONLY)
Overview of the sunfish family.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Sunfish Family Tree (WEB ONLY)
Family tree of Pennsylvania sunfish.  
Minimum grade level: ES

This Fish Has a Scale to Tell (FACT SHEET)
Activity sheet on aging fish scales. Includes brief intro to factors that influence growth of fish, and how PFBC uses age & growth information. Scale must be aged.  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS   

Trout Identification (WEB ONLY)
Identification of brook, brown, rainbow, golden rainbow trout.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Water Temperature and Fish (SMART Angler's Notebook) (WEB ONLY)
Shows the range of water temperatures that different species of fish can live in.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

VIDEOS

America's Non-game Fishes (VHS/28 Minutes)
Learn about those "other fish," the little known, but colorful, non-game fishes, such as darters, minnows, and dace. Learn about their ecological link in the food chain, and how they are indicators of water quality and ecosystem health. Also see how the USFWS is working to protect and restore non-game species.  
Minimum grade level: MS    

Bigmouth Bass (A Definitive Study) (VHS/50 Minutes)
Detailed documentary of the life cycle of a largemouth bass. Spectacular underwater footage. Is to bass what "Way of a Trout" is to trout.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Eyewitness: Fish (VHS)
Talks about the diversity of fish and the many different habitats they live in.  
Minimum grade level: MS    

Fish and Characteristics (VHS/15 Minutes)
Good introduction to fish, includes information on common characteristics, fresh and saltwater fish. A little old, but loaded with good introductory information.  
Minimum grade level: ES    

Headwaters - Life of a Smallmouth Bass (VHS/24 Minutes)
The life of a smallmouth bass born in a headwater stream is depicted in this film. The effects of pollution on the smallmouths ability to survive is shown.  
Minimum grade level: MS    

Paddlefish: An American Treasure (VHS/59 Minutes)
This video details the life cycle of paddlefish, describes causes of paddlefish population decline. This is a long video, but includes a lot of good information on this secretive fish.  
Minimum grade level: HS    

Sturgeon: Ancient Survivors of the Deep (VHS/57 Minutes)
The story of the Sturgeon.  
Minimum grade level: MS    

Way of a Trout (VHS/28 Minutes)
Shows the life of a native rainbow trout from egg to creel and its release. Emphasis is placed on predators that reduce the numbers of trout in the stream and mans choice of either keeping or releasing the fish.  
Minimum grade level: ES