The limited number of species of fish found here is due to the natural acidity of the water and high iron concentration. A pH below 5 typically limits the reproduction in most fish species, so the presence of breeding non-native fish like Bass and Bluegill is a sign of degraded waters.
The following species are found in the Pine Barrens: Banded Sunfish, Blackbanded Sunfish, Pirate Perch, Mud Sunfish, Swamp Darter,Tessellated Darter Brown Bullhead Yellow Bullhead, American Eel, Bluespotted Sunfish, Ironcolor shiner, Eastern Mudminnow, Redfin Pickerel, Chain Pickerel, Creek Chubsucker and Tadpole Madtom
The most characteristic Pine Barrens fish. Has striking black and white bands. Common in most Pine Barrens lakes and streams, especially in dense vegetation. Up to 4”
Only large native game fish in the Pine Barrens. Adults are 15-18″ long and weigh approximately 1 1/2 pounds.
Generally less than 5 inches long. Abundant in the Pine Barrens. Almost always associated with vegetation and can survive in low oxygen waters.
Up to 6 1/2″. Feeds on aquatic insects. Common in Pine Barrens streams. Similar in habits to Blackbanded Sunfish, but larger, with larger mouth, and more voracious predator.
Typically 4-5″ in length. Characteristic of sluggish streams and standing water with dense vegetation. Numerous in the Pine Barrens.
Small fish, typically reaching no more then 1 1/4″. Short-lived (less than 1 year). Occurs over mud or organic matter in slow, weedy back waters.
Characteristic of sluggish streams and standing water with dense vegetation. Tolerant of acidic waters. 6-18”