Commonly Asked Questions
Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
- Overhead River Habitat (River Scout)
Range / Habitat
- Redeye bass is a North American fresh water fish that occurs in the Savannah River, Chattahoochee River and Mobile Bay basins in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. It is considered a common species.
- Prefers rocky runs and pools in small to medium rivers, close to the main channel. Occasionally found in natural lakes, ponds or impoundments.
- Redeye bass has been reported to reach 18.5 inches (47 cm) and 8.2 lbs. (3.7 kg).
- The prominent red color of this species’ eyes and caudal fin distinguish it from other bass.
Diet / Feeding
- Feeds mainly on aquatic insects at the surface. It also consumes larval insects, crayfish and smaller fishes.
Reproduction / Growth
- Redeye bass is a nest-builder that breeds in coarse gravel in shallow pools, lakes and creeks.
- The male and female pair-off during spawning and the male prepares the nest and guards eggs and fry.
- Spawning takes place from late May to early July in Florida.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Also known as the “coosa bass.”
- A popular game fish, considered a scrappy fighter that is often difficult to land.