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Hybrid Bass?

Gene Fisher

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This was caught and released in Aug 2019 along the DuPage. At that time I realized this fish was very different but never asked anyone what their thoughts were. You can see its hunchbacked, a bit skinny and  the jaw had been previously injured. I felt so sorry for it and let it go back. Could this ugly sad fish be a Hybrid Large/Smallie ?


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Pattern below the lateral line suggests  it could be a Spotted Bass.  Teeth on the tongue would be a clue also. The usual range for Spots is south of St Louis. But given the warmer climate conditions, they could easily move north. 

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