Small Mouth Bass
Bass, Small-Mouth Black (Jumper, Jumping Bass, Leaper, Leaping Bass, Perch, Trout, Mountain Trout, BronzeBacker, Marsh Bass, Night Bass, River Bass, Rock Bass, Slough Bass, Little Bass, Little-Mouth Bass, White Bass, Green Bass, Spotted Bass, Green Perch, Yellow Perch, Black Perch, Speckled Hen, etc.): Caught in ponds, lakes, and rivers with the artificial fly and helgramite, crawfish, cricket, shrimp, grasshopper, worm, and small fish, on a four-ounce or six-ounce fly rod for fly-fishing, and a six-ounce or eight ounce bait rod for bait-fishing. Regarded by most anglers as superior in game qualities to Big-Mouthed Black Bass. Average weight, two and a half pounds. Seven pound specimens have been reported. Range: Atlantic slope of the continent east of the Rocky Mountains, occurring in the Great Lakes, the upper parts of the St. Lawrence and Mississippi basins, and in the waters north to latitude 47°, west to Wisconsin, and southward to latitude 33°. Abundant in the rivers and lakes of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and Canada, and the lakes and ponds of Maine. Successful flies: La Belle, Chenev, Shad-Fly, White Miller, Scarlet Ibis, Gray Hackle, Brown Pennel, Professor, and ail of the sober-hued patterns. For fly-fishing use a silk enameled line; for bait-fishing a black raw-silk line. Leaders: Single, long, and fine. For stream fly-fishing use flies a trifle smaller than the ordinary Bass fly and a trifle larger than the Brook Trout fly. The northern season begins in early July and lasts up to cool weather.
Randall, Wainwright. The Angler's Guide: a Manual for Campers and Anglers. New York: Field and Stream Pub., 1909. Print.
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