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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.

Physical Characteristics

  • 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.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Also known as the “coosa bass.”
  • A popular game fish, considered a scrappy fighter that is often difficult to land.