The redeye bass is an excellent game fish, especially when taken on ultralight spinning tackle or a fly rod.
Other Names: Coosa bass, Chiploa bass
Characteristics: The redeye or Coosa bass is an elongate, slender fish with a large mouth that extends to or slightly behind the rear margin of the eye. A small tooth patch is present on the tongue. The upper and lower margins of the caudal fin are edged in white, a useful feature for separating redeye bass from both smallmouth bass and shoal bass.
Adult Size: 14 to 17 inches (356 to 432 mm)
Distribution: Endemic to the Mobile basin, redeye bass are distributed above the Fall Line in the Coosa and Tallapoosa river systems.
Habitat and Biology: The redeye inhabits small- to medium-sized upland streams and only rarely large rivers and impoundments. It is often found in water willow (Justicia) or other aquatic vegetation, near a submerged stump or boulder, or along an undercut bank. Juveniles occur in shallow runs and riffles over sand and gravel substrates. Spawning occurs from April to June. Diet includes aquatic and terrestrial insects, crayfishes, and small fishes.