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Fish Identification

Chattahoochee bass

Chattahoochee bass are olive green to bronze with pale bellies that sometimes have a bluish tint, have a series of dark vertical blotches along their sides that may fade with age, and have numerous small dark spots below the lateral line that form horizontal rows. The upper jaw does not extend beyond the eyes, the dorsal fin is continuous and not deeply notched, and lateral blotches do not form a horizontal band. Chattahoochee Bass differ from all other bass species in that the second dorsal, caudal, and anal fins have bright orange coloration on their outer portions and numerous dark spots.

Scientific Name: Micropterus chattahoochee

Adult Size: 5-16 inches

Distribution: Chattahoochee bass are found above the fall line in the Chattahoochee River basin.

Current State Record Information: none currently on file

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