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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir

Please identify this species?

Post By: sprocket      Posted: 10/23/2023 8:01:59 PM     Points: 83    
What species is this fish, thought it was a Walleye. So I let him go but now Im not so sure?
 Reply by: crappie-slayer      Posted: 10/23/2023 8:11:22 PM     Points: 184
Itís a spotted bass. Nice fish.
 Reply by: sprocket      Posted: 10/23/2023 8:34:18 PM     Points: 83
Thanks, my friend wanted to make a soup out of him, I wasn't sure if we should keep it or not.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 10/23/2023 8:36:51 PM     Points: 23629
Yep definitely a spot, good on the release.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 10/24/2023 10:12:17 AM     Points: 9228
Yes, bass for sure.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 10/24/2023 10:14:02 AM     Points: 73179
At the top of the FxR page is a fish species tab. I've found it quite useful in the past. Also, if you wanna know if it a walleye or one of it's relatives the sauger and saugeye, just lip'll know pretty darn quick and likely won't make that mistake again. 😁
 Reply by: IceAngler86      Posted: 10/24/2023 10:36:24 AM     Points: 564
and bring lots of Band-Aids if you choose the above method and it is in that family.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 10/24/2023 10:51:42 AM     Points: 4992
A really nice spot. They have to be 15" to keep in there, just like the SMB/LMB. I've caught a bunch, but probably never caught a "keeper" there.
They don't get real big. I think the state record was just over 17"
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 10/24/2023 8:30:27 PM     Points: 25223
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 10/26/2023 9:30:48 AM     Points: 4992
After a second look dizzel might be right. In a spot, the upper jaw does not extend past the eye. This might be a plain old largemouth.
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: 10/26/2023 10:38:16 AM     Points: 287
Probably should be careful to put any fish in a live well without certain identification.
 Reply by: crappie-slayer      Posted: 10/26/2023 6:54:28 PM     Points: 184
Iím saying itís a spotted bass. Caught several back in the Midwest on Table Rock Lake, and in Tennessee. They really like these deeper rocky reservoirs and small rivers.
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 10/26/2023 8:26:38 PM     Points: 25223
I could be wrong but from the angle it does look like the jaw line extends past the eye, I catch these pretty much all season long, I've even caught a few that might be a cross between spotted/lmb and smallmouth called a meanmouth. Here are two pictures of a spot and a smallie.
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 10/26/2023 8:43:13 PM     Points: 25223
Another way to tell is the lateral line, on a spot its kind of broken up but more solid on a lmb.

Hey barnacles, ive come really close a few times haha,

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