kelp bass

Kelp Bass

Genus and Species:

Paralabrax clathratus



Other Common Names:

Calico Bass, Bull Bass, Kelp Salmon

Kelp Bass Description:

The kelp bass or more commonly called the calico bass is a very popular sportfish that ranges from Magdalena Bay, Mexico to Washington. These fish have a compressed but elongate body and a pointed snout and a large mouth. The color varies from brown to olive green with lighter blotches and a light-colored belly. Kelp bass eat a wide variety of prey and therefore can be caught on an array of live bait and lures. Fishing shallow, rocky structures and kelp forests are productive areas to fish for kelp bass. They are good to eat, though many anglers practice catch and release only.