Fishing Tips for Spotted Bass & Redeye Bass!

Last session, the topic was largemouth and smallmouth bass.  Today, we will cover spotted bass and redeye bass.

Spotted Bass 


Bass Beauties!

Bass Beauties! *


Until 1927, this bass was thought to be a cross between the two larger species – large and smallmouth.  After the 1927 studies, it was recognized as a separate species.

Now, biologists have come to the conclusion that this may be the ancestor of all the bass species!

These spotted bass are mostly found in northern Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky — particularly the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) reservoirs.

Like the largemouth bass, the spotteds are bottle-green. However, their spots drift down below the line across their sides. Also like the largemouths, they breed in shallow water.

However, the spotteds are caught in deep, cold water. In the TVA reservoirs, they are caught at depths of 100 feet!

Use the same bait and lures as you would use for the smallmouth. The spotteds prefer colder waters; they seem to respond to diving plugs, wobbling spoons and bait (night crawlers, minnows and very small frogs).

The different bass types have favorite locales in rivers: The spotted bass will be in large, deep pools of water with a swift current; the largemouth will hide in the shallows, amongst the weeds and submerged vegetation and the smallmouths will hide out in the rocky regions.

Redeye Bass

A small group of fish in this family, they live almost exclusively in fast-running streams. Their habitats are from northern Alabama to Tennessee, and from northwestern Georgia to Florida.

The redeye bass live where the brook trout would — if they could stand the summer heat!  Biologists say that this fish acts like a brook trout, except they live where the brook trout can’t.

The redeyes look like the smallmouth with the following exception:  Where the smallmouths have orange fins and an orange-y eyes,  the redeye’s fins and eyes are  (gasp) red!

These fish can only spawn in running water. They feed on insects and minnows. When fishing for these, their preferred bait includes: worms, grasshoppers and minnows. Using lures? Then try wet and streamer flies.


Bass are US natives. They have been transferred throughout the US by the efforts of volunteers and game and fish depts.  Bass were placed in buckets and moved around the US via trains!

The bass adapted to their new homes so well, that it emboldened people to transfer these fish — worldwide!  They are extremely popular in Europe, especially England.


The reason America has huge numbers of wild turkeys and bass is: Your fathers and grandfathers (through their payment of excise taxes, fees and licenses) paid for ALL these improvements!

Remember: Hunters and Anglers must — first be conservationists!  Our children will be able to hunt and fish because we have provided for the future!


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