Smallmouth Bass Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Common Name:

Smallmouth Bass

Scientific Name:

Micropterus dolomieu

Diet:

Baitfish, amphibians, crayfish, insects, and other invertebrates

Habitat:

Clear, rocky areas of lakes, reservoirs, and rivers with moderate temperature

Spawn:

Late Spring and early Summer over nests dug by males. The male usually guards the eggs, which hatch in three to ten days. The male will then guard the fry for up to one month.

Distribution:

Warm waters statewide (tolerates cooler waters than Largemouth)

Origin:

Central and eastern North America

Characteristics:

Fish are normally dark olive to brown on the top portion of the body and head, however color can vary with habitat. Sides and belly are lighter and yellowish. There are 8 to 15 dark vertical bars on the sides (these are absent in Largemouth). Dorsal fin has 10 spines and is joined to the soft dorsal fin. The anal fin has three spines. The lower jaw is slightly longer than the upper jaw. The snout is long and bluntly pointed.

UTAH RECORD CATCH & RELEASE

Date:

July 4, 2003

Length:

23 1/2 Inches

Fisherman:

Clifford Sackett Jr.

Location:

Jordanelle Reservoir

UTAH RECORD CATCH

Year:

1996

Weight:

7 pounds 6 ounces

Length:

22 Inches

Girth:

16 1/2 Inches

Fisherman:

Alan Iorg

Location:

Lake Borham



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