Bass fishing questions?????

How do I tell the difference between a largemouth and smallmouth bass? Also what is the legal size to keep in Georgia? Thanks

Both largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found abundantly in MANY freshwater streams AND lakes across the continent. Anyone who fishes Canadian waters with intentions of catching trophy walleye, northern pike, and lake trout are often just as pleased with their take of smallmouth bass. My personal best smallie came from a high mountain lake in Utah, ironically taken on a fluorescent red Heddon Tadpolly that had been originally intended by its maker for steelhead and salmon fishing. The very best method to distinguish between the two bass (besides using the maxillary bone on the upper lip) is to look at the primary and secondary dorsal fin on the two fish. The largemouth bass has a distinct separation between the two fins whereas the smallmouth first and second dorsal fins are connected. The lip bone of the smallmouth ends BEFORE the back edge of the eye and that of the largemouth ends BEHIND the eye. These two are the MOST accurate ways of distinguishing between these two fish. Color of the eyes can vary from fish to fish and from water to water. Likewise, the skin color can be influenced by the water quality as well. I have seen green smallmouth and coffee brown largemouth. Another method to accurately tell one fish from the other is to count the scales along the lateral line. I don't remember the exact count for either, but you can reference that info on google if you think you really need it. For me, the lip bone and dorsal fin differences are more than enough to know for sure. If it's good enough for science, it's good enough for me. Know what I mean?

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