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.