The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Appendix

Rivergator Atchafalaya Appendix 19:

Fish Names in Atchafalaya Basin:

 

Fish Names in Atchafalaya

Crawfish - That's CRAWfish, if you say CRAYfish in South Louisiana you will give yourself away as a yankee (anyone not from South Louisiana).

 

Gou-Jaune  - Flathead (Pylodictis olivaris), "yellow gou" the flathead catfish, the most sought-after fish in the Atchafalaya Basin. Also known as or Appaloosa, Opelousas, Yellow Cat, or Shovelhead in other parts. They prefer live bait and inhabit fast-flowing water.

 

Poisson Arme - "armed fish" the garfish.

 

Sac au lait - “Bag of Milk,” Cajun name for crappie, black or white

 

Yellow Bullhead, Black Bullhead - small, common cats, and considered trash fish.  These are your "mud cats."

 

Cypress Trout - Choupique - the Bowfin fish. Choupique is a derivative of the Choctaw Indians’ “shupik”, which aptly means “mud fish.”  (Amia calva)

 

Green Trout - Large Mouth Bass

 

Speckled Trout - or spotted weakfish is Cynoscion nebulosus.  Salt water favorite. This is the trout from which the popular New Orleans dish Trout Almondine is traditionally made.

 

White Trout - is a salt water fish related to speckled trout

 

Brown Trout - the kind of trout seen below outhouses and hunting camps

 

Redfish - Red Drum, the other much sought after coastal fish.

 

 

 

 

Atchafalaya River

 

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