The smallmouth bass has dark vertical bars on body. Brown or bronze color on the sides. Jawbone does not extend behind rear margin of eye. Connected first and second dorsal fin. Up to 10 pounds; 1 to 3 pounds typical.
Prefers clear-water lakes, but somewhat warmer water than trout. Spawns in water 60-65 degrees. in pools with gravel bottoms.
Tends to avoid bright light and is most active at dawn. Use natural or artificial crayfish, jigs, or hellgrammites; also small plugs and plastic worms.
Very few exist in our lakes.