1stchild
how can you tell the difference easily? i prolly have caught both, but not certain.
http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/fish.cfm?ID=35
http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/fish.cfm?ID=6

seems weird that the state record size difference is so big.

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crankbaitmaster
the spot is smaller for one there jaw doesn't extend as far as a largemouth and they have a rough patch on there tongue,   they fight a lot harder then a largie even though they are smaller.   Also the patterns of the latter line
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I've had the same problem at times. Generally you go by the mouth of both fish

If the mouth extends beyond the eyes it's a largemouth it they don't more than likely you've hooked a spotted bass.

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mainly its the sandpaper like patch and that size of the mouth that gives it away and on top of that the usually like different conditions. I rarely catch spots in the same areas I catch largemouth.

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1stchild
ahh good info. cus im sure i have caught both. sometime thought could be a lightly mark spotted and a defined largie. ithought there was a difference in the tail as well, like the dorsal was separated in one or the other.
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Yeah I hear the dorsal on the spot is closer to being one entire fin rather then close to being 2 seperate fins on a largemouth. You can kind of see it in the pics but in person it was hard for me to tell. I also noticed that spots have more defined markings. Largemouth are sometimes washed out with their colors and markings and the spots always seem to look painted and more vivid in color. Their belly also usually looks painted white.

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ahh yea the dorsal thing always confuses me and the washed out versus highly defined lateral line. are spots northern strain? and largies are florida?
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The interesting thing about the pic you have the link to is the tail. It shows as very flat. From the ones I have caught, the tail tends to be very forked with almost tips compared to rounded tails of largemouths. Here is some pics I found that have some nice spots http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/fish/bassblack/spotted/angler/
Also take a look at the spots under the lateral line. They tend to be more defined than largemouth (like AC mentined).

If you have fished Shasta, Oroville, Don Pedro, Berryessa along with the other mother lode lakes, they all have large populations of spots. Clear Lake, the Delta, Sonoma, Spring, Fountaingrove, Blue, Highland all DO NOT have spots in them (thankfully!). I don't believe any of the Marin lakes do either.

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1stchild
pretty sure most of the marin lakes have spots... correct me if i am wrong but these are all spots? i know some marin lakes have more of one then the other.

i heard somewhere that clear lake had spots (northern) and was turning into more of s northern lake then a largemouth (florida)


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crankbaitmaster
those are all largemouth in the photos nice looking fish
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1stchild
whole cow really? this one is a different version of one up there. i would have thought with such defined patternin it would be a spot.

i think all of those were from the same lake. Kent i thought kent had more spots, cus the average size is lower then alpine and nicasio.
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Crank is right. They are all largies. There are 2 versions you are speaking of, Northern and Florida strain Largemouth bass. Most of the Norcal lakes are either a mix of Florida and Northern (like Spring Lake) or just Northern strain. BTW - the Northern strain record is somewhere in the 17lb class. Huge!

Smaller vs larger average is more about conditions of the lake rather than species.

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1stchild
ahh oki i was thinking that largemouths were florida and spotted were northern. i will hafta keep an eye out for the mouth in front of or behind the eye.

i think the marin lakes have a mix of northern and florida with some leanin more toward one or the others. kent (i think most of those picts were from there) seems to have overall smaller fish. ive yet to see anythin over 5lbs. but the place should have monsters lots of wild trout to eat, bluegill, crawdads, and is not heavily pressured. alpine seems to produce more 6,8,10lbers with similar forage and more pressure makin me think they are florida and kent is northern. nicasio on the other hand is prolly florida cus there are definitely monsters in the and bout a million ticks to go with it)

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Once you see a few spots, you'll be able to tell them from a largemouth at a glance. The easiest way to tell is by looking at the markings along the lateral line. A spot's will be more well defined and almost unbroken. A largemouth's will be more blotchy and broken up. Also, like Todd pointed out,the spot has a pretty deeply forked tail, unlike the largemouth. Spots also seem to usually be a little sleeker and more streamlined throughout their entire length.

If you get to lip a spot and bring it into the boat, you'll also notice right away that it has longer and sharper teeth than a largemouth. When you get it in, you can take a minute to see the more connected dorsal fins on the spot versus the nearly seperate fins on the largemouth, and also the length of the lower jaw. If you want, you can check out the toothy patch in the spot's mouth, but if you get that close to him, you'll likely already know you're looking at a spot.

Check out these two pics for obvious visible differences:


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Then Revrat has to roll in with some pics of toads and blow us all out of the water Nice fish by the way. I will have to show you some of the footage I have with the spot I got a few weeks back, all I can say is she was the hardest fighting 5 pound bass I have ever caught! The spots are usually sleek looking but the one I got looked like a spot that had been inflated with a basketball pump

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