smallmouth bass

small·mouth bass | \ ˈsmȯl-ˌmau̇th- \

Definition of smallmouth bass 

: a black bass (Micropterus dolomieu) of clear rivers and lakes that is bronzy-green above and lighter below and has the vertex of the angle of the jaw falling below the eye

called also smallmouth, smallmouth black bass

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Remember, there is a 21-inch length limit on smallmouth bass and an 18-inch length limit on largemouth bass. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 So far, the votes have been for crappie, catfish and Kokanee (best tasting); rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout (best looking); and largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and saltwater permit (best overall). Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "His new fishing buddy is here, now how is he going to find time to get on the water?," 14 May 2018 Outlook: Vic Oertle Guide Service reports: Catfish are being caught in the upper end, but smallmouth bass seem best of all species recently. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Area water bodies welcome warming weather, improving prospects | The Kansas City Star," 25 Apr. 2018 Plenty of largemouth and a few smallmouth bass came to the scales. sacbee, "Fishing line: Trout plants continue at Lake Amador | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Jan. 2018 The lake also supports a population of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Cool off this summer at these lakes near Payson," 8 June 2018 The smallmouth bass run on the Rocky and Chagrin rivers is just getting started. D'arcy Egan,, "Fishing Report for April 20: Fish biting again despite dingy waters," 20 Apr. 2018 Arrowrock also offers underrated smallmouth bass fishing along its rocky points and outcroppings. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "If you don’t want to travel far to fish, try these five local hotspots | Idaho Statesman," 7 Mar. 2018 Remember, there is a 21-inch length limit on smallmouth bass and an 18-inch length limit on largemouth bass. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Prospects for area waters, plus tips on finding fishing Facebook groups," 30 May 2018

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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