Smallmouth Bass at a Glance
n NICKNAMES: Smallie, bronzeback, brownie,
n SCIENTIFIC NAME: Micropterus dolomieu.
n APPEARANCE: They have dark vertical bars
along their bodies, which fade with age.
They usually grow to 8–15 inches and weigh
up to three pounds.
n HABITAT: Smallmouth prefer clean, clear, cool
n SPECIAL ROLE: Smallmouth bass are good
indicators of a healthy stream.
SOURCES: WWW.ORVIS.COM, WWW.AMERICANEXPEDITION.US, WIKIPEDIA,
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, NATIONAL HUNTING
AND FISHING DAY ( WWW.NHFDAY.ORG), WWW.KENTUCKYAWAKE.ORG
Smallmouth bass’ diet primarily consists of
crayfish, but given the opportunity they will
strike on jigs, spinnerbaits, and plastic lures.