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Rock Bass


Rock bass are found in many waters across the State. They are most abundant in rocky and gravelly shallow water areas in lakes and ponds, and the lower, warm reaches of streams. Rock bass are abundant in most of New York State's large rivers. Often, they occur in the same areas as smallmouth bass and compete with the bass for food. Rock bass are small to medium sized sunfish, reaching six to ten inches in length. They are brownish in color with several dark bars or blotches mottling their sides. Their bright red eyes have earned them the nickname "redeyes" among many New York State anglers.

Rock bass have similar feeding habits to other sunfish, eating mostly aquatic insects, crayfish, and small fishes. Spawning occurs from mid-May to mid-June, usually after black bass, but before other sunfish. Nests are built in a variety of bottom types, including gravel, mud, and in vegetation. Like the black basses, rock bass also keep their nests well separated.

Rock bass are popular with many New York State anglers. They generally occur in groups and readily bite live bait, small spinners, plugs, and poppers. Since rock bass are often found with smallmouth bass, bass anglers sometimes consider them a nuisance.

Fishing locations for Rock Bass

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Black Lake

Black Lake ranks as the county’s top warm water lake. This water has received national... Read More

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Cranberry Lake

LOCATED IN WESTERN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, THE CRANBERRY LAKE AREA WAS THE LAST SECTION OF NEW YORK... Read More

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Grasse River

The Grasse River, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River, is located entirely in St. Lawrence... Read More

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Indian River

The Indian River originates in a neighboring county, but a portion of its water flows through St.... Read More

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Norwood Pond

Norwood Pond is a Raquette River reservoir located on the southwest side of the village of... Read More

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Raquette River

The Upper Raquette River has good bass fishing and fair angling for pike and walleye, but this... Read More

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Raquette River Reservoirs

The construction of hydroelectric dams on the Raquette River created a series of eight reservoirs... Read More

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St. Lawrence River

The St. Lawrence River is famous for smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike and... Read More

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St. Regis River

The St. Regis River originates in a neighboring county, but a portion of its water flows through... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Trout Walleyes

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Tooley Pond

Tooley Pond was acquired as part of the Champion International Purchase. This 46-acre pond has a... Read More

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Trout Lakes

Lake OzoniaSPECIAL REGULATIONS ALLOW FOR YEAR-ROUND ANGLING ON LAKE OZONIA. Lake Ozonia is... Read More

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Yellow, Grasse, and Pleasant Lakes

Yellow, Grasse, and Pleasant lakes are part of the Indian River Lakes system. With a maximum... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Walleyes