Smallmouth Bass

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Game Fish Species of British Columbia

Smallmouth Bass

Micropterus dolomieui or Northern Smallmouth Bass, Smallmouth Black Bass, Black Bass, Brown Bass, Green Bass, White or Mountain Trout

DESCRIPTION - A moderately large, robust fish, most Smallmouth Bass are 8-15 inches long. The colouring is variable with size, condition and habitat but usually Smallmouth Bass range from brown to olive or green on the back with golden flecks.

DISTRIBUTION - Smallmouth Bass occur in eastern British Columbia in lakes of the Columbia River system and on Saltspring Island and southern Vancouver Island.

BIOLOGY - The Smallmouth Bass spawns over a period of 6-10 days in the late spring to early summer. The male builds a nest and the female lays approximately 7000 eggs per pound of fish. The maximum age in Canada is 15 years. Food includes insects, crayfish and fishes.

RELATION TO MAN - The Smallmouth Bass' attraction for anglers and its sporting qualities are almost legendary. The flesh is white, flaky and delicious.

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