Fish Identification Guide

Smallmouth Bass
Micropterus dolomieu
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A torpedo-shaped fish with an upper jaw reaching about to rear margin of eye and dorsal fin is continuous with a shallow notch. Typically bronze-colored and sides plain or with several separate vertical bars with lower sides generally without dark spots. Has little tolerance for siltation and turbidity and thrives in streams with rock or gravel bottoms and riffles. Young primarily eat aquatic insects and their larvae along with small fish. Crayfish are an important food item for adults as well as fish.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Statewide, most common in upper Missouri River, Lake McConaughy, and Tri-County canal system.

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at