Common Family: The Sunfish Family
Common Name: Rock Bass
Scientific Name: Ambloplites rupestris
Rock bass have a red eye and a mouth that extends past the rear of the eye. Their body is a greenish-olive color, which has some dark lateral streaks.
Range and Habitat:
Rock bass are most commonly found in our medium-sized warmwater streams. Rock bass are less tolerant of turbidity and pollution than green sunfish.
Their diet consists of small fish, insects, and crustaceans. Angling techniques are similar to those used for bluegill and smallmouth bass.
Rock bass are the only fish in the sunfish family with 5 anal spines.