Bass Comparison and Identification

Guadalupe, Alabama and Spotted Bass

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A: Irregular lateral stripe is similar to, but more broken than in largemouth bass.
B: Jaw does not extend beyond the back margin of the eye when mouth is closed.
C: Spots on scales form "rows" of stripes on whitish belly area.

Guadalupe Bass Species Details

Spotted Bass Species Details

Largemouth Bass

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A: Definite lateral stripe
B: Jaw extends well behind the back margin of the eye when mouth is closed.

Largemouth Bass Species Details

Smallmouth Bass

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A: Vertical barring along the sides.
B: Jaw does not extend beyond the back margin of the eye when mouth is closed.
C: Brownish-green color; white belly area does not extend high on the sides.

Smallmouth Bass Species Details

Yellow Bass

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A: Stripes distinct, broken above anal fin
B: Color - silvery yellow
C: Dorsal fins joined
D: Does not have a tooth patch near the midline towards the back of the tongue

Yellow Bass Species Details

White Bass

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A: Stripes faint, only one extends to tail
B: Body deep, more than 1/3 length
C: Has one tooth patch near the midline towards the back of the tongue

White Bass Species Details

Striped Bass

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A: Stripes distinct, several extend to tail
B: Body slender, less than 1/3 length
C: Has two, distinct tooth patches near the midline towards the back of the tongue

Striped Bass Species Details

Hybrid Striped Bass

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Also known as Palmetto or Sunshine bass.

A: Stripes distinct, usually broken, several extend to tail
B: Body deep, more than 1/3 length
C: Has two tooth patches near the midline towards the back of the tongue. Tooth patches may be distinct or close together.

Note: For hybrids, all characteristics should be considered in combination, as characteristics in individual fish may vary.