smallmouth bass


small·​mouth bass ˈsmȯl-ˌmau̇th- How to pronounce smallmouth bass (audio)
: 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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Examples of smallmouth bass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back in early March, tournament angler Rex Remington boated a new state-record smallmouth bass while fishing Monroe Lake near Bloomington. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 9 May 2024 Largemouths do grow larger than smallmouth bass, and can weigh twice as much. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 28 Mar. 2024 FAQs Do smallmouth bass fight harder than largemouth? Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 28 Mar. 2024 Earlier this month, angler Rex Remington caught a smallmouth bass from Indiana’s Monroe Lake that should break the existing state record by nearly a pound. Bob McNally, Outdoor Life, 7 Mar. 2024 Rockin River Ranch State Park fishing Anglers can try their luck fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, redeye, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill and green sunfish. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 Because crappies are fragile compared to big saltwater species — or even large- and smallmouth bass — the water doesn’t have to be hundreds of feet deep for barotrauma to occur. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 15 Feb. 2024 Both largemouth and smallmouth bass can live more than a decade, with largemouth having slightly longer lifespans. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 11 Feb. 2024 Anglers have used it to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, speckeld trout, redfish, and white bass, among many other species. Mark Modoski, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Smallmouth bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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smallmouth bass

small·​mouth bass ˌsmȯl-ˌmau̇th- How to pronounce smallmouth bass (audio)
: a black bass that lives in clear rivers and lakes and is bronze green above and lighter below

called also smallmouth black bass

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