Redeye bass

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Redeye Bass
Typical Redeye Bass from a stream in the Coosa River watershed, N. Georgia (Released)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Micropterus
Species: M. coosae
Binomial name
Micropterus coosae
Hubbs & Bailey, 1940

The Redeye bass (Micropterus coosae) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) native to the Coosa River system of Georgia, Alabama. The waters it is normally found in are cool streams and rivers in the foothills of mountains.


In 2013, M. coosae was split into five species with M. coosae restricted to the Coosa River system. M. cahabae of the Cahaba River system, M. chattahoochae of the Chattahoochee River system, M. tallapoosae of the Tallapoosa River system and M. warriorensis of the Black Warrior River system were all recognized as separate species.[2]


The upper jaw (maxilla) extends to the back of the eye, which is usually red. There are dark bars on the side, which fade to lighter color in the center.

Growing to a maximum reported overall length of 47 cm (19 in), the redeye bass is one of the smaller black basses. The probable world record for Redeye bass is 5 lb 2.5 oz (2.34 kg) from Lake Jocassee in South Carolina.[3] Many Redeye bass world record listings, especially those over 5 lb (2.3 kg) are actually records for the shoal bass (Micropterus cataractae) which was commonly called Redeye bass.

Fly rod caught Redeye Bass, Tallapoosa River, Tallassee, Alabama (Released)

Its main food tends to be insects.

The rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris), a distinct species of Centrarchid, is sometimes called the redeye or redeye bass in Canada.



  1. ^ NatureServe (2013). "Micropterus coosae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Baker, W.H., Blanton, R.E. & Johnston, C.E. (2013). "Diversity within the Redeye Bass, Micropterus coosae (Perciformes: Centrarchidae) species group, with descriptions of four new species" (PDF). Zootaxa (Magnolia Press) 3635 (4): 379–401. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3635.4.3. 
  3. ^ "Westminster Angler Breaks State Redeye Bass Record". South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.