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Good afternoon everyone. I'm taking up fishing since I have a lot of extra time now and nothing to do. I pulled a few of these out of a Metro park pond and wondering what they are? Can anyone help identify it? I'm all catch and release but I've seen a couple much larger sizes of these fish jumping out of the pond. Any help would be appreciated. Everyone stay safe and sane. Thanks.

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Good afternoon everyone. I'm taking up fishing since I have a lot of extra time now and nothing to do. I pulled a few of these out of a Metro park pond and wondering what they are? Can anyone help identify it? I'm all catch and release but I've seen a couple much larger sizes of these fish jumping out of the pond. Any help would be appreciated. Everyone stay safe and sane. Thanks.

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It looks like a largemouth bass. They may reach 10lbs. and up!
 

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Good afternoon everyone. I'm taking up fishing since I have a lot of extra time now and nothing to do. I pulled a few of these out of a Metro park pond and wondering what they are? Can anyone help identify it? I'm all catch and release but I've seen a couple much larger sizes of these fish jumping out of the pond. Any help would be appreciated. Everyone stay safe and sane. Thanks.

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Welcome, good luck out there!
 

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its hard to tell for sure with the mouth open. a large mouths mouth closed extends past the eye. the picture looks like the fish has a smaller mouth that a lm. close its mouth and see if it doesn't reach the eye its a spotted bass. those guys could be right but to know for sure i'd need to see a picture with the mouth closed. from the picture i'm leaning towards a spot.
 

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its hard to tell for sure with the mouth open. a large mouths mouth closed extends past the eye. the picture looks like the fish has a smaller mouth that a lm. close its mouth and see if it doesn't reach the eye its a spotted bass. those guys could be right but to know for sure i'd need to see a picture with the mouth closed. from the picture i'm leaning towards a spot.
I think Sherman is on the right track here the mouth looks like it could likely be a spot not a large mouth.
 

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its hard to tell for sure with the mouth open. a large mouths mouth closed extends past the eye. the picture looks like the fish has a smaller mouth that a lm. close its mouth and see if it doesn't reach the eye its a spotted bass. those guys could be right but to know for sure i'd need to see a picture with the mouth closed. from the picture i'm leaning towards a spot.
Spotted bass are only in the Ohio River drainage in Ohio. As Magis said, since it was caught in a metro park pond, it’s almost definitely a largemouth.
 
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Considering it came from a park pond, it's a pretty safe bet that it's a largemouth.
Spotted bass are only in the Ohio River drainage in Ohio. As Magis said, since it was caught in a metro park pond, it’s almost definitely a largemouth.
yes it could be a large mouth from a park pond. but just because it came from a park pond thats been stocked doesn't automatically make it one. i go by the size of the mouth. and if you'll take a good look at the picture the mouth looks small for a large mouth. but without it having a closed mouth i'm not saying it is a spot but i think it could be. this is just an opinion and not meant to cause controversy.
 

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Spotted bass are only in the Ohio River drainage in Ohio. As Magis said, since it was caught in a metro park pond, it’s almost definitely a largemouth.
What I'm wondering is how long it is. It's pretty skinny, so I'm guessing it's a young fish. Far from done growing, mouth included.
 
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Spotted bass are only in the Ohio River drainage in Ohio. As Magis said, since it was caught in a metro park pond, it’s almost definitely a largemouth.
I used to catch a few spotted bass in the Cuyahoga River below the old Monroe Falls dam. A key indicator of a spot is the tooth patch on its tongue. Verified by the ODNR ranger.
 
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