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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

What type of fishing do you specialize in and what kind of fish can I expect to catch? - 5/31/2023 1:34:21 PM

Although Jimbo specializes in catching Spotted Bass he also targets largemouth bass during specific seasons. The occasional Striper is also cau (View)

What is the Difference Between Spotted Bass and Largemouth Bass? - 6/1/2023 8:36:27 AM

Spotted Bass and Largemouth Bass are two different species of black bass. They can be quite similar in appearance which sometimes leads to conf (View)

Best Fishing Techniques to Catch Spotted Bass - 6/1/2023 9:34:37 AM

When it comes to fishing for spotted bass employing the right techniques can greatly improve your chances of success. Here are some effective f (View)

What are Spotted Bass? - 6/1/2023 7:40:30 PM

Spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) are freshwater fish species that exhibit specific habitat preferences and behavior patterns. Understandi (View)

May 27th Guntersville fishing report - 5/27/2023 2:21:30 PM

Guntersville is one of the most dynamic and challenging lakes in the country. It is widely regarded as the top bass fishing lake in the southe (View)

May 12th Guntersville fishing report - 5/12/2023 10:37:08 AM

I had 2 guide trips yesterday. We got 100 bites per trip and landed around 60 fish per trip. The fishing at guntersville is phenomenal right n (View)

bass fishing report - 5/12/2023 8:11:27 AM

the largemouth bass and spotted bass are biting very well right now in certain areas away from the taller bluffs in 3-10 ft of water make sure t (View)

Spotted Bass - 5/8/2023 4:53:54 PM


Spotted Bass - 5/8/2023 4:53:53 PM


Spotted Bass - 5/8/2023 4:53:53 PM