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common name for members of the family Centrachidae, comprising numerous species of spiny-finned, freshwater fishes with deep, laterally flattened bodies found in temperate North America.
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I had planned to use it only for calico bass (which seldom top 10 pounds) but, unfortunately, I had several rod tips break during traveling, and so that's what I was left with, I slow rolled my swimbait along the bottom.
Most New England anglers prefer to call our black crappies "calico bass." In Michigan, you'll hear them called speckled bass or specks.
I thought about the connection while casting for calico bass off Trestles Beach, in Orange County, CA, last summer.
Jerry's Bait & Tackle in Milford weighed in a 2-pound 10-ounce calico bass, caught by Craig Mason on a Slug-Go at Lake Chauncy.
Other names include slabs, specks, speckled perch, white perch, speckled bass, strawberry bass, calico bass, grass bass, Oswego bass, paper mouth, sac-au-lait, and several other slang terms used only in select locations.
Alligators might inhabit the freshwater lakes and rivers in Florida, but on the Charles River, you'll encounter largemouth bass, trout, pike, perch, calico bass and carp, among other species.
Calico bass is another popular species in nearshore kelp beds; many of the best areas are set for closure, even off-limits to catch-and-release fishing.
Bob's Gun and Archery has seen an exceptional number of them being taken, and Webster Lake, perennially noted for calico bass, is living up to its reputation for that species, too.
Based on fisheries sampling and angler reports, the Quabbin is now listed by the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife as the only "best bet" venue for a trophy smallmouth, largemouth, and calico bass in the agency's Connecticut Valley District.