Fishes of Idaho, by John Sigler and Don Zaroban, is a beautiful book and a valuable contribution to the natural history of native and non-native fishes in Idaho. Fishes of Idaho will be of interest to fisheries professionals, fishermen, and anyone interested in the natural history of Idaho. The book is beautifully presented with a clean and uncluttered look, clear and informative maps and illustrations by Joe Tomelleri and Emily Damstra, and additional art by Link Jackson.
The book successfully walks a delicate line between professional and general audiences. The first part of the book will interest fishermen and natural historians. It provides an overview of historical and present fisheries management in Idaho, how biogeography has greatly affected Idaho's native fish fauna and their distributions, and highlights Idaho's aquatic gems – its major lakes and river systems and the fisheries they support. The second part of Fishes of Idaho will be of great utility to fisheries professionals, libraries, and graduate students, as it provides a comprehensive taxonomic key and detailed and up-to-date descriptions for each fish species, native and non-native alike.