The Lower Mississippi River Water Trail
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.
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