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Rock Bass
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Science Name: Ambloplites rupestris
Other Names: Goggle-eye, green sunfish, branch perch

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Jedwards36 | Posted: December 7, 2012

I love hooking up with one one of these in a couple of my favorite streams. I usually catch them on 2.75" craws and 2" grubs. Not too many up her but it's always a treat!

kevin | Posted: June 9, 2010

i have caught all of my rock bass on a plain ole bobber nad hook method using wax worms or red worms. drop your line behind a rock or something sticking out of the water where the current doesnt run too fast. one year i cought about two dozen of these great fish in covington ohio

sushikid | Posted: September 25, 2009

Caught a bunch of very good sized rockies in Lake St. Clair on lame minnows

Jeffrey | Posted: May 13, 2009

I catch rock bass (or black perch as they are called where I live in Tn) with Roostertails and curl-tail grubs...I have problem with them swallowing hook when I am fishing with worms

B Hiller | Posted: May 17, 2008

When fishing for rock bass I use a worm with a small weight just above the hook, and I put a bobber about 1 foot up the line and cast around the sides of cattails.

bassboy12345 | Posted: October 26, 2007

I fished for rock bass at the Chippewa river in Isabella county Michigan and had good luck fishing with slugs.

Chick S. | Posted: October 1, 2007

If not fishing the tournaments why not use live bait. For Rock Bass I use small to medium minnows on a carolina rig and although I catch alot on various lures I seem to do my best this way.

Aaron | Posted: June 18, 2007

When wading, use a inline with a slow retrieve around any brush pile never fails.

m muller | Posted: July 26, 2006

try night time with a loud rattlin crankbait or topwater near dropoffs

James Dudley (Gebo | Posted: August 21, 2004

In the Little pigeon river TN, Nightcrawlers work good. My dad also caught a Rock bass in the Holston river TN withe a crayfish lure.

Neil Smith | Posted: January 30, 2004

This big-mouthed sunfish will srike repeatedly at a slowly retreived Heddon Tiny Torpedo, and the Rebel crawfish in the smaller size is deadly as a subsurface offering. Keep a pair of forceps handy to gently unhook and release the baby bass that you will also catch.

Neil Smith | Posted: January 30, 2004

Rock Bass, or goggle-eyes as they're called in the Appalachian Mountains, share their waters with seven species of shiners whose males turn a bright red with yellow fins in the spring, making the Mickey Finn streamer a deadly fly choice in April, May and early June.

Lance | Posted: July 10, 2003

Hang worms over rock ledges submerged under water and they should hit on the bait if they are there. Nightcrawlers, minnows and small shinners seem to work the best.