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Caught this out of the river a few years ago and still don't know exactly what it is. Thoughts?

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Interesting First Post.

Looks like a Green Bass.

A-Jay

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Looks like it could be a spotted bass.

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Where was the river located? Looks like a Red Eye bass or Shoal from Alabama or Georgia region but they have been transplanted in lots of areas.

Tom

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What river did you catch it on? It looks like either a shoal bass or coosa bass. Knowing what river you caught it on would let me know which one it is.

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Mirrolure!

 

I'm not sure what type of Bass that is though...

 

 

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It is a "fish" (for sure)! I had a similar issue catching a bass I thought was a LM but had the eyes of a SM. I know for those to check how far back the mouth goes based on the fish's eye. But here in NJ, I'm not sure if we have any bass other than those two species. I know with black vs white crappie, the dorsal fin spines can be counted to determine one from the other. Maybe that works for some bass species too?!? I've got a lot to learn...! :)  I hope you get a clear answer based on your picture. Good luck to you!

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Welcome aboard!

 

Not really sure what sub-species, but it's a green bass.

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This appears to be a Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus) just looking at this image I can see distinct horizontal rows of scale spots called 'ventrolateral stripes'. BTW eye color can vary based on a number of environmental factors so it is not a reliable way to identify bass.  

 

These are true Redeye Bass (Micropterus coosae) native only to the Coosa River drainage above the Fall Line.
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Looks like a Kentucky strain spotted bass to me, I catch a lot of little ones like that in West Virginia. At least 80% of the ones I catch have red eyes.

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It's hard to make a decent guess without knowing where you caught it.  There are a wide variety of bass out there...

https://thefisheriesblog.com/2016/09/19/black-bass-how-many-species-are-there/

I saw a few here that I had not even heard of, much less would have ever identified...

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I've always been told that red eyed bass are called Rock Bass. Could just be the regional lingo out here in Kansas though.

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