Other Names: Black Bass, Trophy Bass, Lineside Bass, Green Trout, Bigmouth Bass
Key characteristic of this species is that they are generally light to dark green in color. Dark blotches formulate in a horizontal line on both sides of the fish. The underbelly generally is light green to white. Largemouth bass has a divided dorsal fin with the anterior containing nine spines and the posterior containing 12-13 soft rays. Their upper jaw also reaches far beyond the rear margin of the eye.
Florida and Texas rank as the TOP Destinations to explore and catch trophy largemouth bass in the United States!
FEEDING PATTERNS + HABITAT:
Each location and destination across the United States will have different forage for bass of all sizes. Most juvenile largemouth bass consume mainly small insects, scuds, bait-fish, and shrimp. As the bass becomes an adult, they will begin to consume a larger prey. This includes shad, bluegill, crawfish, snails, snakes, frogs, small water birds, baby alligators, and lizards. Larger lakes and reservoirs across the country that have deeper water provide largemouth with a diet of mainly younger fish. These fish include shad, yellow perch, shiners, sunfish and more. They will even consume trout, walleye, striped bass, and catfish.
Bass can devour a population of baitfish rather quickly. Lakes and fisheries that have more vegetation and weeded cover, provide a balanced ecosystem. It will also slow down the growth rate of the black bass. When looking to ambush prey, the bass will be sheltered in submerged structures including drop-offs, weedbeds, points, humps, and ridges. Brush and overhanging banks are other great areas of focus. The black bass uses vibration, hearing, sight, and smell in order to seize its prey.
You can find bass in rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds across the world. They preferably like non-flowing water with an abundance of vegetation. Clean and clear water also attract more fish to its location. The Largemouth Bass is the ultimate predator within their habitat, but can be preyed upon when younger!
LARGEMOUTH BASS SPAWN:
Male largemouth will prep the bed for the female bass. Once the female bass moves into the shallow water to lay her eggs, the male will stand guard for a period of time. The male does most of the work making sure that their young are safe.
Spawning areas are significantly noticeable when knowing what you are looking at. Large or small circles with white centers are indicative of a spawning bed. If it is empty, that bed is not active. During the peak of the year, you can generally find active and non-active areas of bedding.
Spawning for largemouth bass can occur multiple times a year especially if weather conditions are stable. It is important to maintain a conservation angling mind frame when looking to target bedding fish.
FISHING FOR BASS:
Fishing for largemouth bass is one of the most exciting forms of freshwater fishing. Hard-fights and big bass are what keeps anglers coming back for more, especially on Lake Okeechobee. Also, they become airborne in their efforts to spit the hook. Hard-fights, aerobatic movements, and trophy catch potential make largemouth the number one game fish. All across the world, you can have a blast catching this fish that comes in all sizes and habitats. Just like its predecessor, the smallmouth bass, is an additional catch to explore in the northern region of the United States!
ARTIFICIAL BAIT FISHING
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WHERE CAN YOU FISH FOR BASS:
BASS IN FLORIDA
BASS IN MEXICO
BASS IN TEXAS
BASS IN CALIFORNIA
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LARGEMOUTH BASS:
- Bass can eat prey up to 35% of their body length
- Average life span is 10-16 years
- Two world-record bass were caught and declared a tie weighing at 22-pounds, 4 ounces.
- Largemouth bass use scent mainly to attack and ambush prey
- Females can lay a large number of eggs between 2,000-40,000 eggs
- World: 22-pounds, 4-ounce on Lake Montgomery in 1932
- Florida: 17-pounds, 4-ounces on a private lake, 1986
- Texas: 18-pounds, 2.8 ounces on Lake Fork, 1992
- California: 21-pounds, 12 ounces on Lake Castaic, 1991
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