Freshwater Rock Bass are typically on the smaller side, averaging 6 to 10 inches in length. Many people turn their noses up at the thought of eating Rock Bass (especially on Walleye lakes) – but I have had them several times in the fall and didn’t think they were “soft” or “fishy tasting” at all. Perhaps during the dead heat of summer Rock Bass fillets are softer (the biggest complaint I have heard), but the ones I’ve caught in the fall tasted great.
How to Identify a Rock Bass
- Red eyes
- 6 spines on anal fin
- Dorsal fins spiny in front, smooth in back
Rock Bass Bait - What do Rock Bass eat?
- Jig & Minnow
- Small Spinners
- Small Jigs
World Record White Crappie
The All-Tackle world record for biggest freshwater Rock Bass is 3 lbs, caught in both Pennsylvania, USA and Ontario, Canada
Rock Bass Fishing Tackle
Rock Bass are a fun fish to catch and they put up a great fight. Reel in some red eyed Rock Bass with the fishing tackle below.