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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, however, fishing for spotted bass is way more similar to fishing for smallmouth bass. Use smaller baits, fish deeper and find the rocks. It sounds identical to the tips we would give for smallmouth bass fishing.
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Winter Fishing for Spotted Bass
The winter months aren’t terrible for spotted bass fishing because most of the lakes, reservoirs and rivers are found in the southern part of the country. For these fish, it’s going to be more like late fall fishing instead of winter ice fishing like you would see farther north. These fish will feed through the winter, however, plan on fishing deeper offshore structure to consistently find fish. Use your electronics to find the larger schools of bait fish and there should be some spotted bass close by too. During warm fronts in the winter, try going into the shallows in the late afternoon and evening. On some days if the weather is warm enough, it could warm some of the shallows up 5 or more degrees and the fishing can turn on in the shallows. It may not be like the spring, but much better than ice fishing up north.