Suwannee Bass


The Suwannee‌ Bass (Micropterus notius) is a member‍ of the Sunfish family (Centrarchidae). This small, dark-colored bass‌ is endemic to the freshwaters of ​Florida and ​Georgia, USA.

Conservation Status

The Suwannee ‍Bass is‍ currently‍ listed as ⁢a⁤ Near Threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Conservation‍ efforts include habitat preservation, regulations on fishing practices, and species monitoring.


Length (Average) Length⁣ (Range) Weight (Average) Weight (Range) Average Lifespan
12 Inches 8 ⁤-⁢ 16 Inches 1.25 ​Pounds 0.5 – 2 Pounds 5 – 7 Years


Suwannee ⁣Bass are found in rivers and their tributaries in the Suwannee and Ochlockonee River systems of Florida and ⁣Georgia. They do not have any significant ⁢migration patterns.


Suwannee Bass inhabit freshwaters with slow to moderate current including rivers, streams, and reservoirs. They are typically found at depths of⁢ less than 20 feet, often ⁤hiding among submerged tree roots, fallen⁤ logs, or rock ledges. The temperature range ‌of their habitat is around 10-24 degrees Celcius.

When and Where to See

The best time to ⁢see Suwannee Bass is during their peak spawning season in the‌ spring between the months of February and April. They are also fairly active ‍during early morning and‍ late ⁣afternoon.

Best Fishing Locations

The top​ fishing locations for ‌Suwannee Bass include:

1. Suwannee River, Florida
2. Ochlockonee‍ River, Georgia
3. Santa Fe River, Florida
4. Ichetucknee River, Florida
5. Wacissa River, ⁣Florida
6. Wakulla River, Florida
7. St. Marks River, Florida
8. Aucilla River, ‌Florida

Fishing near submerged tree roots, fallen ‍logs, or rock ledges can usually ​yield ‌positive results due to the species’ habitat preferences.

How to Catch

The preferred bait for ‍Suwannee ⁣Bass are crayfish ‍and small fish such as shiners.‌ Spinning and fly fishing with artificial lures resembling ​these baits ⁣can often be ⁣successful. The best time of ⁢day for fishing is early morning ‍or late afternoon.

Identification Guide

Suwannee Bass tend to be deep bodied with‍ dark olive to black coloration‍ on top, fading to a lighter shade on the sides and belly. They have a prominent black lateral stripe and the rear parts of ‍their fins ⁢usually have a turquoise hue.


Suwannee Bass have a mild ⁤flavor and a firm texture. They can be grilled, fried, or baked and are often served with ⁢a simple seasoning of salt, ⁤pepper, and ‌lemon juice.

Additional Information

Suwannee Bass ⁣are solitary‍ fish with a territorial nature. They are voracious predators feeding primarily on ‍smaller⁤ fishes, crayfish, and insects. They mate in the spring, building their nests in shallower waters.

References and ⁣Further Reading

For further information, check out the following resources:

1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
2. ⁤ Fishbase
3. Florida Bass Fishing ⁢Guide