Common name: smallmouth, smallmouth, bass, smallies Native. ID: 2 spinous/soft-rayed dorsal fins. Body long rather than deep. Upper jaw doesn't go bast eye. Brown streaks on cheek. Where to find them: Great Lakes bays where waters are cool and clear, and the bottom is rock or gravel. Ideal smallmouth habitat contains protective cover such as shoal rocks, talus slopes, and submerged logs. Their preferred water temperature is 68-70 degrees F, cooler than that of the largemouth bass. Life cycle: Spawning starts in spring around 60 F water temperature. Near shore, or downstream from something blocking the strong currents. Male builds a nest near cover where he can hide. Eggs hatch within 2 to 3 days. Fry stay in the gravel for 3 or more days. Fry come out by day 10 and are dark in color. Under the watchful eye of the male, they swim in a dense dark cloud over the nest for a few days, then begin to disperse. Mature by age 3 or 4, live to be 10 to 12 years old. Feeds on: At first they fry eat microcrustaceans, but soon add insects and fish to their diet as they grow in size.