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Redeye (Shoal) Bass

Micropterus coosae

Bass Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Redeye (Shoal) Bass


Common Name(s):
Coosa bass, shoal bass
Description:
Redeye bass generally have a greenish to brownish color with faint side markings and no dark lateral stripe. Adults have red eyes and red fins. There is a dark spot on the gill cover and an oval to rectangular patch of teeth on its tounge. They hold many similar characteristics to a smallmouth bass, with clearly connected dorsal fins and a mouth that extends no further than the middle of the eye.
Similar Fish:
For many years was called a redeye bass, which was classified as an undescribed species, but has very recently been reclassified as a shoal bass. This happened after the IFGA determined that all existing records for redeye bass were in fact shoal because the fish are one and the same.
Feeding Habits:
The main food item is aquatic insects at or near the surface, but they also feed on larva, fish, and crayfish.
Range:
Southeastern United States
Habitat:
Redeyes aren’t normally found in natural lakes or ponds. They’re typically found in small to medium tributaries off the main river channel. Their affinity for the habitat of the larger river channel keeps them close to that channel. Other favored environments include creek pools and rocky runs. They typically stay in waters that are close to 65 degrees.
Typical Size:
Redeye bass don’t grow as quickly or as large as other bass. Three-year-old fish as small as 5 inches were found to be mature. On average, a ten-year-old fish grows about an inch every year. The typical weight is 1-2 pounds, but on occasion a 3-4 pound redeye can be found.
World Record:
8 pounds, 12 ounces (Source - IGFA)