Micropterus Punctulatus

Centrarchidae

Perciformes

Lake, River

1 - 11 pounds

20" - 25"

Spotted Bass 

Also Known As: Bass  

Guides Who Fish This Species

Spotted Bass (Micropterus Punctulatus)

Spotted Bass Description

The Spotted Bass, also called Spotty or Kentucky Bass, is a popular game fish in the Centrarchidae family. It is a cylinder-shaped fish with its lower sides of its body having characteristic dark spots in rows. The color of the body can vary from light green to light brown. The Spotted Bass is frequently confused with the Largemouth Bass. Several key features distinguish them: jaw length, cheek scales, the dorsal fin, the tongue, and belly markers. Here are the differences in detail:

  1. The most significant distinction between the two, and the quickest way to tell the difference, is by looking at the dorsal fin. The Spotted Bass has a top dorsal fin that is connected, while the Largemouth Bass has a separate dorsal fin.
  2. On the Spotted Bass, when the jaw is closed, it does not extend past the rear of the eye; however, it does so on the Largemouth Bass.
  3. The cheek scales on a Spotted Bass are much smaller than the rest of the scales on their body. Largemouth's scales are uniform in size across their body.
  4. Spotted Bass have characteristic dark spots in the form of rows along the stomach. These spots fade gradually towards the belly. The Largemouth has a plain, white stomach.

Other differences you may notice are:

Largemouth Bass are generally larger than Spotted Bass.

Largemouth Bass tend to jump and rush to the top of the water when hooked, while spotted Bass will dive deep and behave more like a Smallmouth Bass on the line.

Spotted Bass tend to school more than Largemouth Bass.

Spotted Bass primarily gravitate to structures while you will find the Largemouth Bass in cover.

Spotted Bass Spawning

Spotted Bass reaches maturity in their first year. Rock and gravel bottom are preferable spawning spots for them, with the temperature of water range from 57 to 74 F. Males guard eggs laid by females for four weeks.

Spotted Bass Size

Spotted Bass can reach 25 inches in length and 7 pounds in weight.

Spotted Bass Interesting Facts

The males keep guarding the fry even after hatching.

They tend to group in schools, unlike other Bass species.

Spotted Bass is a carnivorous f