Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Spotted Bass
Micropterus punctulatus
Also known as: Kentucky spotted bass
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Torpedo-shaped body with upper jaw reaching to or slightly beyond rear margin of eye and dorsal fin having a slight notch. Midside generally having a broad, continuous stripe with margins broken and uneven. Lower sides with dark spots arranged in rows, forming a series of prominent horizontal streaks. Native habitat is permanent-flowing streams that are warmer and slightly more turbid than those utilized by smallmouth bass. Insects, crustaceans (primarily crayfish), and fish are the principal food items.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Introduced into Elwood Reservoir, several small streams in extreme southeast Nebraska, and some sandpits.


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