Fishing for Smallmouth bass

Micropterus dolomieu
610K logged catches • 3.5M followers

Similar to largemouth bass in looks, except for their red/orange eyes. They prefer deeper waters and areas of clear, fast-flowing streams and pools with gravel/rubble bottom.

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Common length

3 in

Maximum age

26 years

IUCN Status

Least concern

Source: Fishbase

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