Identification and Reproduction
- Medium-sized, deep-bodied fish with green to olive back and sides and yellow to white belly.
- Body often has dark vertical broken bars with 9 to 11 dorsal fin spines.
- Shallow notch between dorsal fins.
- Upper jaw does not extend beyond eye.
- Smallmouth bass reproduce to bear a substantial number of offspring by spawning.
- The smallmouth is a dioecious animal, with separate male and female individuals.
- The fusion of meiotically-produced haploid gametes, those being sperm from a male and eggs from a female, leads to the formation of diploid zygotes.
Habitat & Ecology
- Clear, rocky lakes and rivers.
- Shoreline rocks and points, offshore shoals, deep water.
- Similar to trout habitat but with a wider range of temperatures.
- Smallmouth Bass are considered top predators and can reduce native fish populations or alter their behaviour.
- Smallmouth Bass are considered top predators and can affect the native food web by reducing small invertebrates and fish.
- It has been found to feed upon migrating salmon smolts and may pose a threat to salmon populations if the timing of the salmon run coincides with active bass populations.
- Do not return species to the water
- Noth the exact location, observation data and take photo.
- Report to local invasive species council.
- IF FOUND IN CULTUS LAKE, FOLLOW THESE REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS