Pound for pound best fighting freshwater fish? Would be interesting to see the results. Not sure you could list them all in a poll. Would almost be even hard to compare apples to apples. But for fantasy purposes use a nice rounded number say 10lbs. Some of your smaller fish surely could put up a fight like your bluegill they are downright fun on light tackle, but hooking up with a stripper is hard to beat also or the smallmouth. Some might say the flathead would be the kingdaddy of the fight. But you can't cross out the channel cat either. Oh, and then you have mr carp, who is always up for a good tug of war. Anybody want to take a stab at what the best pound for pound fighting freshwater fish would be?