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Rock Bass

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit (The Rock Bass is not included in Delaware's panfish regulations)
Delaware Range
Northern New Castle County Streams
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Rock Bass lurk among woody debris, boulders, overhangs, and other structures in streams.

They feed on small fishes, insects, and small crustaceans.
General Description
The Rock Bass appearance is often described as a cross between a Bluegill and a Smallmouth Bass.

They have a very large mouth and red eyes with a dark teardrop shaped area under each eye.

The back and sides are olive to light brown with distinct lateral stripes of black spots.
Did You Know?
The Rock Bass has bright red eyes and is also known as the "Red Eye".

These fish have the ability to rapidly change their color to match their surroundings like a chameleon.

The Rock Bass is in the sunfish family.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Rock Bass can be caught with flies, small spinners, and small jigs.

Live bait often includes crickets, worms, and small minnows.
Typical Sizes Caught
Rock Bass are commonly caught at lengths of less than 8 inches by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Rock Bass are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Rock Bass are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.