Fish Identification Guide

Rock Bass
Ambloplites rupestris
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Thick-bodied with a rather large mouth and short, rounded pectoral fins. Has red eyes and six spines in anal fin. Brassy color with dark spots forming horizontal lines on sides. Diet primarily consists of adult and immature aquatic insects, along with lots of small minnows and crayfish. Does best in clear water with abundant cover. It is a solitary nester.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Found in a few waters statewide, most common in sandpits along central Platte River.

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at