The spotted bass is similar in appearance to the largemouth bass. Unlike the largemouth, the spotted bass has scales on the base portion of the second dorsal fin; its first and second dorsal fin are clearly connected, and its upper jaw does not extend past the eye. Above the lateral line there are dark markings, and below the lateral line the scales have dark bases that give rise to the linear rows of small spots which are responsible for the common name. Spotted bass grow slower than largemouth bass and they don’t get as big either. As far as fishing for spotted bass, you can catch spotted bass with the same baits that you will use for largemouth bass, but spotted bass are usually found in much deeper water than largemouth bass, especially during the summer.
Spotted bass can be found in lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams. They will use all types of cover such as rocks, wood and weeds. You can also find them suspended over very deep water during the summer and fall months. Points, mid-lake humps and steep ledges are good places to target spotted bass.
How to Catch Spotted Bass
Spotted bass can be caught on all of the same lures that you would use for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Crankbaits, soft plastics, jigging spoons, swimbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs are some of the popular baits that are used for spotted bass.