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Identification of Smallmouth, Guadalupe/Spotted and Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass diagramSmallmouth 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.


Spotted Bass diagramGuadalupe 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 diagramLargemouth Bass

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


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