Skip to main content

Get On Board: Species 101 for Beginning Anglers

Quick look at common, easy-to-catch fish species (video).

Claire D’Orso is still waiting for that "whoa" moment – that first tap or slight tug on the end of her line that indicates a fish has decided to inhale her bait.When it happens, she’ll be ready. She wants to catch her first fish so badly she can barely stand it.

"Any kind of fish is OK by me. I just want to catch any fish," she said.

Claire, 11, currently lives in Penfield, N.Y., not far from the southern shore of Lake Ontario and not far from the Finger Lakes region that provide endless fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill and experience levels. Her interest in fishing grew recently after witnessing people fishing at a local park.

“I watched them and decided I wanted to try it myself,” she said.


So far, she’s wet a line in Seneca Lake, Lake Ontario along with some smaller creeks and ponds. While she has come up empty on her first few outings, Claire is not giving up.


“I’d like to try all of those again, and maybe also some other areas nearby. It’s fun to explore new places,” she said. “It has been a little frustrating to not catch anything, but I will be patient. It helps that my brother hasn’t caught anything yet, either. I really want to be the first one to catch something.”

Claire and her family used to live on Long Island, but she was too young to experience striper fishing at Montauk or go offshore for tuna. Claire says it doesn’t matter what kind of fish she catches now – she just wants to experience that adrenaline rush and then hopefully do it again.

“When I catch my first fish, I think it will be very exciting,” she said. “But I plan to release it back into the water because I don’t really want to hurt it.”

If you’re a beginner angler like Claire and are anxious on get on board with fishing or if you’re getting back into the sport after years on the sideline, check out the above video for a look at common fish species to catch.


Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Minn Kota Raptor

Minn Kota Raptor

Associate Brand Manager Adam Knowles, from Minn Kota, talks with Rob Neuman from In-Fisherman, about the all-new Raptor shallow water anchor.

Get on Board: Species for Beginner Anglers

Get on Board: Species for Beginner Anglers

With so many people turning to fishing as a way to escape the stress and challenges that have arisen in recent months, we've teamed up with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the National Marine Manufacturers Association to explore some of the freshwater fish species you can target if you're just getting on board with fishing. #TheWaterIsOpen #GetOnBoard

Thomas and Thomas Contact II Fly Rod

Thomas and Thomas Contact II Fly Rod

Joe Goodspeed, rod designer at Thomas & Thomas, tells Fly Fisherman editor Ross Purnell about the six new models of Contact II fly rods, including a 10-foot 2-weight and a 10-foot 3-weight. Constructed from five types of premium carbon and fiberglass fibers bonded by a proprietary aerospace resin, these rods are stronger and yet capable of making, short, delicate casts.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The best jig fisherman are those that are always aware of what their jig is doing.4 Tips When Jig Fishing For Bass Bass

4 Tips When Jig Fishing For Bass

Chris Schneider - August 25, 2015

The best jig fisherman are those that are always aware of what their jig is doing.

More adjustability and improved balance make these nine compounds even easier to shoot.The Best Compound Bows for 2020 Bows

The Best Compound Bows for 2020

Jace Bauserman - August 24, 2020

More adjustability and improved balance make these nine compounds even easier to shoot.

We found 10 secret (and proven) catfish baits that have the staying power to attract catfish time after time.10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About Catfish

10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About

Anietra Hamper

We found 10 secret (and proven) catfish baits that have the staying power to attract catfish...

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?5 Great Lures For Bluegills Other Freshwater

5 Great Lures For Bluegills

Stephen D. Carpenteri - March 10, 2011

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?

See More Trending Articles

More Other Freshwater

Catching winter walleyes often requires mobility and a willingness to adjust tactics.Hardwater Handbook: Ice-Fishing Adaptations Other Freshwater

Hardwater Handbook: Ice-Fishing Adaptations

Mark Romanack - January 28, 2020

Catching winter walleyes often requires mobility and a willingness to adjust tactics.

Heartbreaker: Record-sized fish caught, released on Valentine's Day doesn't count.Right Fish, Wrong Day for 'Record' Paddlefish Other Freshwater

Right Fish, Wrong Day for 'Record' Paddlefish

Lynn Burkhead - February 21, 2020

Heartbreaker: Record-sized fish caught, released on Valentine's Day doesn't count.

Advancements in anchor systems, electronics and trolling motors have made fishing boat control easier than ever.Boat Control at the Push of a Button Boats

Boat Control at the Push of a Button

Dr. Jason A. Halfen - June 04, 2020

Advancements in anchor systems, electronics and trolling motors have made fishing boat control...

With the latest giant weighing in at 151.9 pounds, Oklahoma's Keystone Lake is ground zero for record-size paddlefish.World-Record Paddlefish Déjà Vu - Oklahoma Gives Up Another Weighing 151.9 Pounds Records

World-Record Paddlefish Déjà Vu - Oklahoma Gives Up Another Weighing 151.9 Pounds

Lynn Burkhead - July 24, 2020

With the latest giant weighing in at 151.9 pounds, Oklahoma's Keystone Lake is ground zero for...

See More Other Freshwater

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now