Are You Smarter Than a Biologist – Fish Quiz

You may have heard of the TV show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader." We want to test your fishing knowledge and fish identification skills. Give it your best shot. (Photo Clayton Cornell)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than a million people (children and adults) who fish every year in Tennessee. They fish a combined total of nearly 17 million days a year and spend more than $1 BILLION every year in the process.

Fishing, in other words, is big business.

But, how knowledgeable are those anglers?

Fishermen are required to have some working knowledge of the fish they pursue because in most cases there are regulations they must abide by. There are limits on the number of fish you can keep each day for most species, as well as strict size limits. The regulations are to insure fish populations remain healthy and plentiful.

But in many cases, whether regulations require it or not, fishermen enjoy sharing their expertise with others. While there are maybe two dozen species that the majority of anglers pursue regularly, experts say there are well over 300 species of fish in Tennessee.

So how many fish can you identify and how much do you know about the waters you fish?

Jim Negus TWRA Fisheries Biologist
Jim Negus, TWRA Region IV Fisheries Biologist (Photo: Contributed)

With the help of Jim Negus, TWRA Region IV Fisheries Biologist, we’ve prepared a 25-question quiz for you to test your knowledge. See if you can identify 20 species of fish and answer a few other questions. Get more than 90 percent correct and you’re an official “Fishhead,” and could probably be a biologist (if you’re not already). Get less than 20 percent correct and we’ll be wondering if you’ve ever seen a fish and you need to stay off the water until you do some homework.

When you’re done, we hope you will share it with your friends and see who knows the most about fish and fishing in our area.



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Richard Simms is a professional journalist and fishing guide in Chattanooga. (See He is also a former wildlife officer for TWRA, a book author and a self-proclaimed "River Rat" with a sincere desire for spreading the message about our bountiful natural resources and the people charged with using, or protecting them.


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