Spotted Bass

Species Information

Scientific Name:Micropterus punctulatus
Environment:Lake, River, Stream
Ideal Temp:70-78°F (21-26°C)
Technique:Casting, Fly, Jigging, Trolling
Lure Type:Crankbaits, Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Soft Plastics, Spinnerbaits, Spoons, Topwater, Trolling
World Record:4.71 kg (10 lb 6 oz) New Bullards Bar Reservoir, California, USA 12-Jan-2015
Other Names:spotted bass, Spotted Black Bass, Kentucky Bass, spots bass, spotty bass, spot bass

The spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus), also called spotty, or spots in various fishing communities, is a species of freshwater fish of the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of the order Perciformes. One of the black basses, it is native to the Mississippi River basin and across the Gulf states, from central Texas through the Florida panhandle. Its native range extends into the western Mid-Atlantic states and it has been introduced into western North Carolina and Virginia. It has also been introduced to southern Africa, where it has become established in some isolated waters. It is often mistaken for the similar and more common largemouth bass.

A convenient way to distinguish between a largemouth bass and a spotted bass is by the size of the mouth. A spotted bass will resemble a largemouth bass in coloration but will have a smaller mouth.

M. punctulatus can reach an overall length of almost 64 cm (25 in), reaching weights of up to 5.2 kg (11 lb). It can reach an age of at least seven years. It is noted for the rows of dark spots below the lateral line, which give it its common name.

Preferring cool and warm mountain streams and reservoirs with rocky bottoms, the spotted bass feeds on insects, crustaceans, frogs, annelid worms, and smaller fish.

In 2010, the scientific community officially recognized a separate subspecies of spotted bass, native to the Tallapoosa and Coosa Rivers, and their lakes. This species is commonly known as the "Alabama spotted bass" (M. henshalli) and known locally as the "Coosa spotted bass", not to be confused with the "red-eye Coosa bass" found in northeast Georgia.

The Alabama spotted is highly prized as a gamefish and average size is much larger than the more common Kentucky spotted bass. The current record spotted bass, caught in pine Flat Lake, California, weighed 10.27 lb.

Latest Spotted Bass Fishing Reports and Spots

June 27th Guntersville bass fishing report - 6/27/2022 10:02:34 AM

I did 4 guide trips last week and the fishing got progressively better as the week went along. We averaged 35 fish per day and we caught sever (View)

June 18th Guntersville bass fishing report - 6/18/2022 10:06:55 PM

The tournament weights at guntersville continue to be excellent. In the honeycomb tournament this morning it took 5@27 to win and 22lbs to get (View)

June 12th guntersville bass fishing report - 6/12/2022 2:45:07 PM

Guntersville just keeps on producing even in the hot summer weather. Last week we averaged 40 per day and we had a best 5 over 17lbs each day. (View)

June 2nd Guntersville bass fishing report - 6/2/2022 4:35:27 PM

Ledge season is now in full swing as massive schools have moved offshore to feed up after the spawn. We are averaging the best numbers since f (View)

May 26th Guntersville bass fishing report - 5/26/2022 1:43:12 PM

Finally we have some good current flowing out on the tennesee river. It has been dry the last month and the water had gotten stagnant but rece (View)

May 21st Guntersville bass fishing report - 5/21/2022 1:32:45 PM

SPECTACULAR. This week at guntersville has been simply spectacular. I guided everyday and we caught them basically every cast everyday. We lan (View)

May 14th Guntersville bass fishing report - 5/14/2022 10:39:18 PM

Guntersville is absolutely spectacular right now. Day 1 of the MLF pro series 95th place was 14lbs and over 25lbs was leading. Common sentimen (View)

Fishing is getting Hot - 5/9/2022 11:06:12 AM

It’s that time of year when the fishing is getting hot. The lakes are almost at full pool the fish are about done spawning and are starting to f (View)

May 5th Logan Martin bass fishing report - 5/5/2022 7:35:37 PM

Wow what a lake. We landed 50 today and got bit on every stop. At daylight there is a major shad spawn and we had fish blowing up al (View)

April 21st Guntersville bass fishing report - 4/21/2022 8:33:30 AM

Now it's getting fun out there. The fish are in all 3 phases and can be found in 18 inches out to 18 feet. You can catch them on any bait (View)