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Bass, Spotted
Claytor Lake State Park, VA
Date Caught: 
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Alabama bass have been genetically verified to be in this reservoir. Also, My scale counts said Alabama Bass and not Spotted Bass with 8 scales above the lateral line. Feel free to give me your opinions please.


the pyromaniac's picture

I haven't seen anything about Alabama bass around here before.  Got a source you can link?

I do know they're in some lakes in North Carolina, so I'm not surprised, just hadn't heard anything before.




Let there be fire!

uconn fishhead's picture

Yeah, these two species can't be ID'd 100% sure by physical characteristics alone.  The safest bet is to make sure there are no Spots in the system (example:  Lake Norman, NC).  That said, the photo fits the standard Alabama Bass description.  I tried to count the LL scales - looks OK, but can't be sure because the resolution isn't high enough.  Maybe you can count them on your original photo? (more than 71 LL scales points toward Alabama).