Mississippi's freshwater lakes, rivers, creeks, and ponds are home to an amazingly diverse fish community. Over 280 species swim in these waters, the vast majority of which are native, with the remainder being introduced, transplanted, or estuarine or marine species that commonly enter fresh water. To help identify your catch, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) provides this fish identification guide to 39 common species.