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A Smallmouth Basstrophy fish mount from Gray Taxidermy is handcrafted in the U.S. We combine over fifty years of experience and skilled craftsmanship to ensure that your custom trophy mount exceeds your expectations of what a perfect custom fish mount should look like.
Our skilled artists take pride in capturing the rich beauty and realism of nature that each unique marine species bring. A fish mount from Gray Taxidermy will capture and commemorate a memory of a life time. We are able to transform raw materials into the ultimate representation of an angler's most notable achievement. Great attention to detail and true craftsmanship is our motto while we continue to serve customers around the world. Gray Taxidermy goes to great lengths to ensure the precise color and characteristics are resembled in your custom fish mount.
Before leaving our facility, each custom fish mount is thoroughly inspected to ensure our goal of 100% customer satisfaction.
If you want to complete your trophy wall with a unique action scene by adding baitfish along your mount, we have a variety of baitfish mounts to choose from.
- Available Sizes: 9" - 22"
- Details: Fired-Enamel Glass Eye
- Product Options: Wood Plaque, Custom Base, 360°
Scientific Name: Micropterus dolomieu
Size: Normally attaining a length of more than 12 inches (30.5 cm), and rarely more than 20 inches (50.8 cm)
Location & Habitat: Smallmouth bass were originally found in most freshwaters of East-central North America. In South Dakota, they were limited to the upper Minnesota River drainage in the extreme northeastern corner of the state. Smallmouth bass were first stocked in the tailrace below Ft. Randall Dam near Pickstown. They have since been introduced to the rest of the Missouri River, reservoirs, lakes and other rivers across South Dakota.
Description: Smallmouth bass are voracious predators in any habitat they occupy. By feeding on many types of aquatic life, they serve to convert energy from many small forms to a larger one that is more suitable for use by larger predators, such as humans. Young smallmouth bass may also serve as food for other fish. The sporting quality of smallmouth bass is legendary. They have been the topic of many books and articles in sporting magazines. In South Dakota, smallmouth bass have become a popular sport fish. They provide much angler excitement and enjoyment wherever they are found.
Smallmouth bass feed during spring, summer and fall when the water temperature is near or above 50 F. Almost no feeding occurs during the winter. Adult fish feed on insects, crayfish, and small fishes, such as minnows, suckers, shad, and even bullheads. Growth is moderate, with smallmouth bass reaching 4 to 6 inches (10.2-15.2 cm) their first year, and 8 to 13 inches (20.3-33 cm) in three years. The largest smallmouth bass recorded for South Dakota is a 5 pound, 5 ounce (2.4 kg) fish caught in Pickerel Lake in 1991. Smallmouth bass seldom roam far from their home territory. During one study, fish that were tagged and released in Lewis and Clark Lake were usually recaptured at the original release site, although two fish were recaptured 25 miles upstream from the release site.
Fish Molding Process
We have and continue to travel the world to make our one of a kind molds as they are a vital part in order to handcraft the most popular fish mounts on the market. Our patented molds are then used to create the various fish models from which we can reproduce the life-like fish trophy mounts.
We do not extend, shorten or modify an existing model to fulfill an order. Instead we use one of the over 10,000 models of various sizes and species available. And we can ofcourse customize the mount to fulfill your needs and we are confident that we can build your custom fish mount regardless of inch increment or fish species.
We build one fish at a time to match the length, girth, and all of the specific characteristics and details only YOUR FISH displays. [Complete Molding Process]