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Spotted Bass:

Appearance:

Spotted bass are similar to largemouth bass, but unlike the largemouth, the spotted bass has scales on the base portion of the second dorsal fin; their first and second dorsal fins are clearly connected, and its upper jaw does not extend past the eye. A rectangular tooth patch on the tongue also helps distinguish the spotted bass from other black bass species such as the largemouth bass and shoal bass.

Habitat:

They prefer small to medium streams and rivers with clear, slow-moving water, and gravel or rock bottoms. Seldom found in natural lakes, and they do not enter brackish water.

Behavior:

Grow slower than largemouth bass and do not attain as large a size as other black bass.

State Record:

3.75 lbs. Big Catch: 16 inches or 2 lbs.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Strong fighters when caught on light tackle. Popular lures and baits include jigs, crankbaits, spinners, small plastic worms and crayfish.

Additional Information:


Image Credit: Duane Raver, Jr.



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