rock bass


: a brown spotted sunfish (Ambloplites rupestris) found especially in the upper Mississippi River valley and Great Lakes region

Examples of rock bass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His submissions ranged from an 11-inch rock bass to a 30-inch carp. The Indianapolis Star, 12 July 2023 Earlier this year, the department cautioned anglers against eating rock bass harvested from the bay of Green Bay more than once a week, as well as rock bass caught in any of the bay's tributaries. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2022 Panfish, from rock bass to bluegills and yellow perch, won’t hesitate to eat one. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 Science is still attempting to figure out the answer to this question, Strom said, but certain types of fish, such as bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch can accumulate high levels of PFAS in their tissue. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 14 Feb. 2023 Live suckers, shad, rock bass and herring all work, too. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 20 Feb. 2023 The upper West Fork of the White River is known for its good water quality and its smallmouth bass and rock bass populations, but the water quality deteriorates quickly as the river nears Fayetteville. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2022 Even the bluegills, rock bass, crappies and channel catfish can be difficult to catch. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2022 Like most fishermen, I’m including shellcrackers, various sunfish and even rock bass under the bluegill umbrella. Bill May, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rock bass was in 1811

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“Rock bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rock bass

: a sunfish spotted with brown that is found especially in the upper Mississippi valley and Great Lakes region

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