Smallmouth bass are usually bronze to brownish green, with dark vertical bars on their sides. Unlike largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends only to the middle of the eyes, and the dorsal fin is continuous and not deeply notched. It is most similar in appearance to shoal bass, which usually have a dark spot at the base of the tail.
Scientific Name: Micropterus dolomieui
Adult size: 7-27 inches
Distribution: Native to the Tennessee River basin; introduced in the Chattahoochee and Savannah River basins.
Image: © Joseph R. Tomelleri
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