Fish Identification

Smallmouth bass

The smallmouth bass is most often bronze to brownish green with dark vertical bars on its sides. Unlike the largemouth bass, the smallmouth bass has an upper jaw that extends only to the middle of its reddish eyes. Its dorsal fin is not deeply notched. Three distinct dark bars radiate from the eye.

Scientific Name:  Micropterus dolomieui

State Record: 7 lbs. 2 oz.

Image D.Raver (USFWS)






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