Common Names: Redeye Bass, Tallapoosa Bass, Chattahoochee Bass, Altamaha Bass, Bartram's Bass
Redeye bass have been split into multiple species that differ in the details of their coloration; all are olive to bronze with pale bellies, have a series of dark vertical blotches along their sides that may fade with age, and have numerous small dark spots below the lateral line that may form horizontal rows. Unlike largemouth bass, the upper jaw does not extend beyond the eyes and the dorsal fin is continuous and not deeply notched. Redeye bass species can be separated from other bass species in that the lateral blotches do not form a horizontal band, the dorsal and anal fins usually have some shade of reddish coloration, and the tail usually has pale or orange upper and lower margins depending on the species.
Scientific Name: Micropterus coosae, M. tallapoosae, M. chattahoochee, & two undescribed species
Adult Size: 5-18 inches
Distribution: Redeye bass are found in the Coosa river basin; Tallapoosa bass in the Tallapoosa River basin; Chattahoochee bass in the Chattahoochee River basin; Altamaha bass in the Oconee, Ocmulgee, & Ogeechee River basins; Bartram's bass in the Savannah River basin; all species are found mainly above the Fall Line.
Images: © Joseph R. Tomelleri
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