The Rock Bass is a mottled, brownish sunfish with red eyes and a large mouth. As the name implies, it has an affinity for rocks - or other submerged cover, like branches, logs, or thick weeds. It is an underappreciated panfish in parts of the country, especially in the northern part of its range, where many anglers inexplicably assume it has a poor flavor. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as this is a tasty panfish on a par with bluegills and crappies. Although few anglers choose to pursue this fish, it is a willing biter, a feisty fighter in larger sizes, and excellent table fare.
Other Names: Northern Rock Bass, Redeye, Goggle-eye, Black Perch, Rockie, Branch Perch, Redeye Bass, Rock Sunfish