smallmouth bass

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small·​mouth bass | \ ˈsmȯl-ˌmau̇th- How to pronounce smallmouth bass (audio) \

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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Still others are known for good fishing, with plentiful brook trout, panfish and smallmouth bass, or geographic quirks like miniature peninsulas and beaches ideal for bird-watching and landscape photography. Zach Montague, New York Times, "An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own," 22 July 2019 Wisconsin is currently tracking temperature changes to trout and smallmouth bass in streams, which could affect other fish populations, said Latzka. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Global warming could mean fewer fish for sportfishing, more die-offs across US," 9 July 2019 Pociu said the types of fish being tested include smallmouth bass, which is a predatory game fish, and white suckers, a bottom feeder. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "PFAS pollution tests in Farmington River facing month-long delay," 13 July 2019 Tools to drop a jig into a teacup-size spot and the muscle to wrestle a hefty, hard-fighting largemouth or smallmouth bass from thick cover. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Bass fishing with a fly rod? Try it – they're not just for trout anymore," 10 June 2019 If hiring a guide isn’t your thing, the Columbia also offers great fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye and more. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Hit the road for your next fishing adventure. You might catch something new. | Idaho Statesman," 7 Mar. 2018 For smallmouth bass, a 4-inch fish can cost $4.63 while a 6-inch fish is $7.94, said Rob Southwick, a sportfishing industry data and statistics expert who works with the American Sportfishing Association. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Global warming could mean fewer fish for sportfishing, more die-offs across US," 9 July 2019 When the rivers finally clear again, the smallmouth bass will be back in the lower stretches of the Lake Erie tributaries. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye fishing still rockin’ from Toledo to Conneaut: June 28 Fishing Report," 28 June 2019 In 2016, angler Robert Bruce Kraemer broke the state record for smallmouth bass, landing a 23.10-inch, 9.98-pounder on the Indian River in Cheboygan County. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "6 Michigan lakes make list of best bass fishing in US," 26 June 2019

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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