Goggle-eye (Rock Bass) and Warmouth



Northern rock bass, or goggle-eye, side view

Reports and Prospects for Goggle-Eye

Thicker-bodied than most other sunfish with large mouth and very large eyes. Spiny dorsal fin with 12 spines broadly connected to soft dorsal fin. Anal fin with 6 spines. Color variable but generally dark brown to bronze above, often blotched on sides. Distinct pattern of dark spots arranged in parallel lines along the sides differentiates the northern rock bass from closest relatives the Ozark bass and shadow bass.