What do Spotted bass look like? What do these fish act like? What do you need to know about them?
What do they look like?
Spotted bass are known for the rows of dark spots across their bodies. They have dark bands of stripes across the centers of their bodies. Those stripes coupled with the rows of spots give them a unique appearance. Their undersides and sides are generally white or yellowish in color, and they have three other identifying spots. If you look closely at these animals you'll see somewhat faded spots on their tails, gills, and ears.
How do they behave?
These fish like cool water. They would much rather be in water temperatures in the 70s than those in the 80s. If the water gets too warm during the day, they like finding places to hide until the water cools down.
Spotted bass like to eat other fish. This is interesting considering how small they themselves are. But they do like all kinds of small fish and worms.
What else do you need to know about them?
Spotted bass that are less than two pounds are often preyed upon heavily. That's why they like to be in groups of their own kind until they grow up a bit. Many spotted bass never reach that weight, though. The other main concern spotted bass have is battling tapeworm. These parasites can cause them serious reproductive problems.
It doesn't take long for the spotted bass to hatch eggs. These fish spawn in the spring, and once their eggs are laid, they generally hatch in fewer than three days! The young fish generally eat plankton until they grow older to about a foot long.