- the black crappie.See under crappie.
Origin of calico bass
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for calico bass
The black-bass and calico-bass lie in open water, adjacent to the patches of lily-pads or bonnets.
In general features it resembles the calico-bass very much, though to the trained eye the differences are very apparent.
In coloration it is much paler than the calico-bass, and the markings are not so dark or in such large spots or blotches.
I first became acquainted with the calico-bass during my residence in Wisconsin, many years ago.