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Can someone help ID the attached fish. Is this a largemouth or a spotted bass. I told someone spotted who disagreed and said LM. Horizontal spots/lines above belly are why I said spotted.

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judging from the black spot on the gill plate and the size of the mouth(jaw doesn't protrude past eye on a spot),i'd say it's a spot.
 

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Holy cow!
I didn't even know that was what I was catching
from time to time. Hey I learned something new!

Thanks guys!

Rick.
 

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Identification of Smallmouth, Guadalupe/Spotted and Largemouth Bass

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Smallmouth Bass
A Vertical barring along the sides.
B Jaw does not extend beyond the back margin of the eye when mouth is closed.
C Brownish-green color; white belly area does not extend high on the sides.

Guadalupe and Spotted Bass
A Irregular lateral stripe is similar to, but more broken than in largemouth bass.
B Jaw does not extend beyond the back margin of the eye when mouth is closed.
C Spots on scales form "rows" of strips on whitish belly area.

Largemouth Bass
A Definite lateral stripe
B Jaw extends well behind the back margin of the eye when mouth is closed.


Hope this helps. I think there is also a variation in the number of spines on their back fin--but this example doesn't show it.
 

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Couple other things to look for is......A patch of teeth on the tongue of the bass means spotted.....distinct black blothces on the fish... and typically a spotted bass has a little bit smaller of a mouth than a largemouth of the same size...

Thats a spot tho...

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Another characteristic to look for is the size of the scales on their gill plate vs. the size of scales on their body.
On the largemouth bass - these scales are all equal in size
On the spotted bass - the scales on the gill plate are noticibly smaller than those on the body.
 
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