The spotted bass gets its name from the numerous dark spots that cover the lower side of its greenish, slender body, below a dark lateral line. Often confused with the largemouth bass, spotted bass have a sandpaper-like tooth patch on the tongue that largemouths lack and the rear of the jaw does not extend behind the eye as it does in largemouths. Spotted bass also have a shallow notch between the dorsal fins. Crayfish and immature insects make up the bulk of their diet. They also eat small fish such as bluegill.
Moderately clear to turbid, quiet, warm waters around vegetation and near logs, trees, brush and stumps. Spawning activity begins when water reaches 63-68 degrees.
Best fishing early morning or early evening in warm weather summer months. Will strike artificial baits including crankbaits, spinner baits, jigs, poppers, and plastic worms, lizards or crayfish; also nightcrawlers and frogs.
Spotted bass will often out-compete and replace smallmouth bass or largemouth bass. For this reason, the spotted bass often have a negative impact on existing fisheries, such as our Connestee lakes. If you catch a spotted bass, we encourage you to harvest it for the table rather than releasing it back into the lake.