his guide is derived from the widely praised and award-winning vol-ume
Ken Schultz’s Fishing Encyclopedia.
Weighing nearly 10 poundsand containing 1,916 pages of information in an 8.5- by 11-inch for-mat, it is hardly a book that can be taken afield or casually perused. Among the many virtues of the encyclopedia is its detailed informationabout prey and predator species worldwide, which many people—includingnumerous lure designers, scientific researchers, and anglers—find very valu-able and which is available nowhere else. To make it easier for people inter-ested in the major North American fish species to reference this subjectmatter, that portion of the encyclopedia was excerpted into two compactand portable guides,
Ken Schultz’s Field Guide to Freshwater Fish
KenSchultz’s Field Guide to Saltwater Fish.
These books are primarily intended for the angler, placing major empha-sis on gamefish species (nearly 260) sought in the fresh- and saltwaters of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and on the prey species that mostgamefish use for forage. Although many hundreds of species are includedhere, such compact books lack room for detailed information about many of the lesser species; however, they are well represented in the information thatexists under certain groupings. For example, there are more than 300species of “minnows” in North America, and much of what is said aboutthem as a group in the freshwater guide pertains to the majority of individ-uals. Profiles are provided, nonetheless, of some of the more prominentmembers of this group.The same is true for some larger, more well-known groups of fish, likesharks. There are at least 370 species of sharks worldwide and dozens inNorth America. The saltwater guide provides an overview of this group, aswell as specific information about the most prominent North Americanmembers. And, of course, color illustrations help identify the individualspecies profiled.There is a slight but deliberate content overlap in both books, as somespecies occur in both freshwater and saltwater. This is primarily true for anadromous fish like salmon, shad, and striped bass. However, a few salt-water species, such as snook, mullet, and ladyfish, are known to move into freshwater for part of their lives, even though they are not technicallyanadromous, and thus are also represented in both volumes. In this sense,