A commemorative stamp booklet featuring five fish common to US waters was issued in Seattle, Washington, on March 21, 1986, during the fiftieth anniversary convention of the National Wildlife Federation.
Wildlife artist Chuck Ripper of Huntington, West Virginia, designed the multicolor stamps as well as the two-color booklet cover. Depicted from top to bottom on each of the two booklet panes are the muskellunge, Atlantic cod, large-mouth bass, blue fin tuna, and catfish.
The fish depicted are representative of the many varieties found in North America. The cod and tuna, found in saltwater, are caught primarily for commercial use, while the other three are freshwater species popular in sport fishing.
Andreotti printed the stamps in the photogravure process.
Postal Bulletin (February 27, 1986).