The Chesapeake and nearby waters offer habitat for four groups of fish: freshwater species, which for the most part, live in the fresh and slightly brackish waters of the upper Bay and its tributaries; estuarine species, which mostly live in the Bay all year; diadromous species, which spend their adult lives in either saltwater (anadromous - A) or freshwater (catadromous - C) but return to the opposite water to spawn; and marine species, which generally live in the open water, but come to the Bay to feed on its abundant wildlife.When all of the words have been found, the leftover letters, when read in order, will spell out a message. Words found in brackets do not appear in the puzzle.

Freshwater Species

BANDED [KILLIFISH]

[BLUE-SPOTTED] SUNFISH

[BROWN] BULLHEAD

[CHAIN] PICKEREL

[CREEK] CHUBSUCKER

GOLDEN SHINER

IRONCOLOR [SHINER]

LARGEMOUTH [BASS]

[LEAST BROOK] LAMPREY

LONGNOSE GAR

MOSQUITOFISH

PIRATE [PERCH]

PUMPKINSEED

REDBREAST [SUNFISH]

REDFIN [PICKEREL]

SPOTTAIL [SHINER]

[TADPOLE] MADTOM

[TESSELLATED] DARTER

YELLOW PERCH

Estuarine

[ATLANTIC] SILVERSIDE

BAY ANCHOVY

FOURSPINE STICKLEBACK

HOGCHOKER

NAKED GOBY

[NORTHERN] PIPEFISH

OYSTER TOADFISH

ROUGH [SILVERSIDE]

SKILLETFISH

STRIPED BASS (semi-anadromous)

STRIPED BLENNY

WHITE PERCH

Diadromous

(A) ALEWIFE

(C) AMERICAN EEL

(A) [AMERICAN] SHAD

(A) BLUEBACK HERRING

Marine

[ATLANTIC] MENHADEN

[ATLANTIC] STINGRAY

BIGEYE [SCAD]

BLACK SEABASS

BLUE [RUNNER]

CLEARNOSE [STINGRAY]

COBIA

COWNOSE RAY

[CREVALLE] JACK

[FLORIDA] POMPANO

INSHORE LIZARDFISH

KING [MACKEREL]

LINED SEAHORSE

LITTLE [TUNNY]

LOOKDOWN

[NORTHERN] PUFFER

[NORTHERN] SEAROBIN

[NORTHERN] STARGAZER

RED [HAKE]

SANDBAR [SHARK]

SCUP

SPINY [DOGFISH]

[SPOTTED] HAKE

[STRIPED] MULLET

SUMMER FLOUNDER

TAUTOG

E P R E N I H S N E D L O G M A D T O M C O L T

Y I P L E L Y T P S A L H N E W R E D K H Y O C

E C I O S I A A O S E S A I H H E S C R U S O L

G K R N O N R R M A H U Y R A I P A E E B T K I

I E A G N E E G P B L N N R G T B A K T S E D A

B R T N R D S A A D L F I E E E H A S R U R O T

S E E O A S O Z N E U I P H L P M G N A C T W T

U L Y S E E N E O P B S S K M E S O U D K O N O

M A V E L A W R N I Y H C C T R F C U O E A I P

M H O G C H O K E R S I H A E C N E U T R D U S

E S H A S O C L I T T L E B L H D E D P H F H O

R I C R I R U I N S H O R E L I Z A R D F I S H

F F N R L S H H E J A C K U U E L N H E P S I C

L O A T V E S N A I B O C L M T O A R S A H F R

O T Y S E K I E E E S S A B A E S K C A L B T E

U I A A R P F D A M E R I C A N E E L P E T E P

N U B E S E E A T H A E I R N I F D E R W A L W

D Q W R I K P H Y E R P M A L A T G B K I U L O

E S U B D A I N I R O N C O L O R O L I F T I L

R O E D E H P E R A B D N A S R H B U N E O K L

F M E E A P U M P K I N S E E D L Y E G T G S E

H Y A R G N I T S Y N S T R I P E D B L E N N Y