Roanoke bass is similar in body shape to rock bass or warmouth. It can be recognized by its unscaled or partially scaled cheek and several shimmering golden-white spots on the upper side and head. It is olive or tan on top, has dark and light marbling on the sides, often has rows of black spots and a white or bronze chest and belly. It is also distinguished by having 39-49 lateral scales, 11 anal rays, and 27–35 rows of scales on the breast between the pectoral fins.
Growing up to 141⁄2 inches, Roanoke bass is found in North America in the Chowan, Roanoke, Tar, and Neuse rivers in Virginia and North Carolina.
Roanoke bass inhabits rocky and sandy pools of streams and small to medium clear rivers.
The world record for all tackle is considered to be a 1 pound 5 ounce fish caught in Virginia in 1991.
Life history and Behavior
Food and feeding habits
|Conservation status||Least Concern|
|Life span, years||No information|
|Maximum body weight, kg||0.62|
|Maximum length, cm||36|
|Sailing speed, m/s||No information|
|Threat to people||Edible|
|Way of eating||Predator|