How To Identify A Smallmouth Bass
Unlike spotted bass, smallmouth's are easily differentiated from largemouth bass. The smallmouth bass gets its name from its considerably smaller mouth. Their jaw also doesn't extend beyond the eye like the largemouth's. Another notable differences is the smallmouth's distinct vertical barring down its side, as opposed to large and spotted bass's lateral line. Their dorsal fin is also not as profoundly notched as a largemouth's.
- Vertical barring along the sides; largemouth have a lateral line.
- Jaw does not extend beyond the back margin of the eye when mouth is closed.
- Brownish-green color; white belly area does not extend high on the sides.
Alternative Common Names For The Smallmouth Bass
- Brown Bass
- Bronze bass
- Bareback bass