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Podcast: How Alabama bass threaten smallmouth and largemouth and why you shouldn’t move them
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Podcast: How Alabama bass threaten smallmouth and largemouth and why you shouldn’t move them

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September 20, 2023 • Jody White • Fisheries Management Division

Steve Sammons and Lawrence Dorsey join the show to cover a recently published study about Alabama bass and the negative impact they can have on smallmouth and largemouth fisheries. First noticed in the Carolinas and Georgia, the spread of Alabama bass outside their native range could threaten a lot of fisheries we hold dear.

More information

Below is a bit more information on the topic, including some photos of Alabama bass, various hybrids and smallmouth and largemouth. You can also read the entire study if you’re looking to go as in-depth as possible.

This image shows the known spread of Alabama bass in the Southeast, outside of their native range in the Mobile River Basin.
These are fish collected by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources from Philpott Reservoir. The top fish is an Alabama bass, the middle two are hybrids between Alabama bass and smallmouth and the bottom fish is a largemouth bass.
These are an Alabama/smallmouth hybrid (left) and a smallmouth collected from Blue Ridge Lake by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.