Shoal Bass

Characteristics: The shoal bass and the redeye bass are easily confused, even though the two have non-overlapping ranges. The shoal bass does not have white fin margins nor teeth on the tongue.

Adult Size: 12 to 18 in (305 to 460 mm). Currently Alabama has a no harvest regulation for shoal bass.

Distribution: Shoal bass are endemic to the Apalachicola River drainage in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

Habitat and Biology: Shoal bass inhabit shoals and riffles of small to moderate fast-flowing streams and apparently avoid reservoirs. Carlander (1977) reports a diet of aquatic insect larvae, crayfish, and small fishes. Spawning occurs from later April into May.

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