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Fish Identification

Altamaha bass

Altamaha 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. Altamaha Bass differ from all other bass species in that the caudal fin is dark spotted with narrow orange upper and lower margins; the second dorsal and anal fins also have some orange coloration on their outer portions. 

Scientific Name: Micropterus sp. cf. cataractae

Adult Size: 5-16 inches

Distribution: Altamaha bass are found above the fall line in the Ocmulgee, Oconee, and Ogeechee river basins.

Current State Record Information: none currently on file

Image: © Joseph R. Tomelleri