The Smallmouth Bass is a type of black bass. It is dark olive or golden brown in color with red eyes and dark brown vertical bands down its body. Its jaw extends to directly below its eye. They generally range from 2-6 pounds. Smallmouth bass spawn in late spring to early summer. The males will guard the nest and then will guard the fry for several weeks. Smallies exist in the temperate zones of North America and prefer clear, calm waters and seek out areas with gravel, rubble, or rocky bottoms. Smallmouth are considered a game fish and known for their top water fighting ability.