Bass ID

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Zivs
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Bass ID

Hi all, 

New here and really digging it! I don't know if this is the right place for an identification request, so please do point me in the right direction if not.

I caught this bass last summer in a Calfornia valley creek and initially thought it might be a smallie (not having caught one up to that point), then a spotted, but wasn't totally sure. I wondered if it might be a smallmouth/spotted or smallmouth/largemouth hybrid, or some other combination. The sort of python pattern on the upper half of the fish's body seems darker/browner than a typical spot. What do y'all think? Is it just a darkish spotted bass?

Thank you!

Unidentified Bass

 

 

uconn fishhead
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Spotted Bass

Looks like a normal Spotted Bass to me.  They were first introduced in California in the 1930s and aren't super common, but have become established in a number of watersheds.