Redeye Bass

Micropterus coosae

Other Names
Coosa bass, shoal bass, Flint River smallmouth, Chipola bass, black bass

The red color of the eyes and fins easily separates this species from other bass. Suwannee and shoal bass also have red eyes but generally show less red on the fins. Redeye bass are generally brownish to greenish in color with vertical bars with light centers along their sides. Color variations are bronze-olive above, dark olive mottling, yellow-white to blue below. There is a prominent, dark spot on the gill cover. Scales are located on the base portion of the soft-rayed dorsal fins. The first and second dorsal fins are clearly connected. Finally, the upper jaw bone does not extend beyond the eyes.

Typical Habitat
Redeyes are likely to be found in rocky runs, pools of creeks and small to medium rivers that are situated close to main-channel habitats. They are seldom found in natural lakes, pond or impoundments. They prefer a water temperature of about 65 degrees. Shoal bass in the Chipola River are closely associated with rock shoals and is uncommon in other habitats.

Feeding Habits
Redeye bass feed mainly on aquatic insects on the surface. They also feed on larval insects, crayfish and fish.

Age and Growth
The growth rate of redeye bass is slow when compared to other species of black bass. Growth is fast the first year but decreases as the fish becomes older. Shoal bass grow much faster than redeye bass.

Sporting Qualities
Redeyes are good game fish and scrappy fighters, often difficult to catch. They can be caught on worms, minnows, or crayfish as well as small spinners and a wide variety of small surface lures. Some have been known to reach more than 8 pounds.

Food Quality
Redeyes have a white, flaky meat that tends to be drier than that of a largemouth.

World Record
8 lbs. 12 ounces Apilachicola

Preferred Temps
65 to 70

Preferred Temps
70 to 89

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