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Freshwater Fish of the Northeast
Matt Patterson, illus.; David A. Patterson, text

2010 • 144 pp. 62 color illus. 10 x 7"
Fishing / Fish / Fishing

$24.95 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-819-1

The most delectable catch is Freshwater Fish of the Northeast by David and Matt Patterson. This father-son team from Massachusetts has packed about 50 years worth of combined angling... [continued in Reviews below]”—The Sunday Republican (Waterbury, CT)

A vividly illustrated guide to more than 60 freshwater fish from the ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams of New England and New York

Most anglers are well aware of the popular game fish that inhabit the Northeast, including the largemouth bass, the rainbow trout, and the yellow perch. But the region’s inland waters boast a much broader array of fish than first meets the eye (or hook).

The father-and-son team of David A. Patterson and Matt Patterson have pursued both game fish and bait fish in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. In Freshwater Fish of the Northeast, they describe more than 60 different species, from the well known to the obscure, including the redfin pickerel, the blueback trout, and the slimy sculpin. This colorful and helpful guide includes detailed information on habits, habitats, history, and more.

In order to best capture the look and appeal of these fish in their native waters, most of the images are based on the authors’ own live catches. The pencil-and-acrylic illustrations render each species in lifelike detail, with close attention given to unique physical characteristics. Both art book and guidebook, this volume will stir some fond memories of fish caught—and a few of those that got away.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“The most delectable catch is Freshwater Fish of the Northeast by David and Matt Patterson. This father-son team from Massachusetts has packed about 50 years worth of combined angling experience inside a 130-page wrapper. The result is so lovely to look at and informative to read that it deserves a less prosaic title that the one it has . . .The Pattersons don’t just love the challenge of catching (and usually releasing) fish; they seem in awe of the sheer aesthetic beauty of each and every species.”The Sunday Republican (Waterbury, CT)

“What a job Matt Patterson did with the illustrations. He knows his fish and he knows his art. The illustrations are absolutely splendid: accurately rendered and artistically striking. Moreover, the book’s designer created a handsome blend of art and text, and in places, even creates the appearance of fish migrating through the book. If you're a serious fisher in the Northeast, or if serious anglers come to visit, this is a book you'll want lying on the coffee table.”—National Outdoor Book Awards

“Combining their shared love of fishing with Dave’s biology background and Matt’s art skills, the result is the lavishly illustrated Freshwater Fish of the Northeast.”The Lowell Sun and Sentinel & Enterprise

“Father and son fishing buddies David A. Patterson, a retired high school biology teacher in Billerica, and Matt, a professional illustrator, have produced Freshwater Fish of the Northeast, a guidebook to more than 60 species. Matt based most of his illustrations on photographs taken of live catches he or his father made before they set the fish free.” Boston Globe

“Freshwater Fish of the Northeast (University Press of New England, 2010) by retired biology teacher David Patterson gives a glimpse of what lives under paddle. Part field guide, part coffee-table treasure--with pencil-and-acrylic illustrations by David's son, Matt Patterson--this hardcover is stocked with the habits and habitats of more than 60 species found in New England and New York, plus fishing pointers.”Adirondack Life

“While this book provides a very informative and nicely illustrated guide to freshwater fishes of the New England area, it is not useful as a field guide—it simply is much too nice to drag out into the field where it will either end up in the drink or with its pages glued together from fish slime. But given the availability of cameras on cell phones nowadays, it would not be difficult to photograph your catch and identify it later, thus preserving the book for its intended use as a coffee table reference volume.”Narragansett Bay Journal

“Part field guide and part fish appreciation book, Freshwater Fish of the Northeast is an enjoyable way of getting to know the region's aquatic life. Naturalists will especially appreciate the beautiful illustrations that will captivate even those who prefer their fish to come only from the market.”—Todd McLeish, author of Basking with Humpbacks: Tracking Threatened Marine Life in New England Waters

“With complementary skill for lively text and lovely illustrations, David and Matt Patterson are an enviable father-and-son fishing team. They combine tones of language and color to make Freshwater Fish of the Northeast a keeper and a keepsake.”Joe Healy, Fly Rod & Reel Magazine


Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Design and Artistic Merit Category (2010)

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MATT PATTERSON is a professional illustrator who trained at The Art Institute of Boston. DAVID A. PATTERSON, recently retired, taught high-school biology for thirty-four years in Billerica, Massachusetts. This is their first book.

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