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Smallmouth Bass

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Smallmouth bass live in freshwater lakes, rivers, creeks and reservoirs throughout the United States and Canada.  They are a favorite among anglers because of the strong fight they put up, and their frequency jumping above the water's surface during a fight.  While native to the upper and middle Mississippi River basin, the Saint Lawrence River - Great Lakes system, and the Hudson Bay basin, smallmouth can be found in other regions due to stocking efforts and illegal introductions.   

Generally speaking, smallmouth bass are brown with golden tints, red eyes and vertical bands rather than a horizontal band.  Their upper jaw extends to the middle of the eye.  Males are generally smaller than females, averaging two to two and a half pounds.  Females can range from three to eight pounds! Smallmouth tend to prefer clearer and cleaner water than largemouth, and can often be found in or near current (rivers and streams), and also calm water.  

SCIENTIFIC NAME:  Micropterus dolomieu

HABITAT:  Rocks, gravel, sand, weeds, man-made structure, riprap

RANGE: North America

CLASSIFICATION: Fish

DIET: Carnivore

NICKNAMES: Bronzeback, Smallmouth, Small Jaw, Smallie, Brownie, Football

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