International Game Fish Association

The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

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bass, rock
(Ambloplites rupestris)


(Rafinesque, 1817); CENTRARCHIDAE FAMILY; also called black perch, goggle eye, red eye, rock sunfish Native to the northeastern U.S.A. and southeastern Canada, from Ontario and Quebec southward through the Great Lakes region as far as Tennessee an possibly Alabama. Rock bass have also been introduced into other states including some western states. They prefer small, cool, weedy lakes and streams and the outer edges of larger lakes, always over rocky bottoms (hence the name “rock” bass) where no silt is present, turbidity is low and cover is extensive. They are scrappy fighters but tire...Read More

All-Tackle Records
WeightLocationCatch DateAngler 
1.36 kg (3 lb 0 oz)York River, Ontario, Canada01-Aug-1974Peter GulginRecord Details
1.36 kg (3 lb 0 oz)Lake Erie, Pennsylvania, USA18-Jun-1998Herbert Ratner, Jr.Record Details