Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris)
Rock bass are present in most areas of New York except in the uniformly cold, high-altitude lakes of the Adirondacks. They prefer large lakes with rocky bottoms and streams with sluggish or moderate currents. They often are found in the same habitats as smallmouth bass.
Rock bass are usually 6 to 8 inches in length. They sometimes reach lengths of 10 to 12 inches and weigh 1 pound or more.
Distribution of rock bass in NY state. Dark dots represent locations where rock bass have been collected. White dots represent historic distributions.
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