Bass (Largemouth)


Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a‌ popular fish species belonging to the Centrarchidae family, commonly known⁢ as sunfish.

Conservation Status

The current conservation⁤ status of the Largemouth Bass is “Least Concern” according to the ⁤International‌ Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Various conservation efforts have ⁤been put in place to maintain the ⁢species ‌population, which ⁤includes regulation⁢ of⁢ fishing seasons and implementing size limitations⁤ among recreational anglers.


Length18 inches12-25 inches
Weight10 lbs1-20 lbs
Average Lifespan16⁤ yearsN/A


The Largemouth ⁣Bass is widely distributed across North America‌ and has also been introduced ⁣to many other regions worldwide. They exhibit no⁢ significant ‍migration patterns.


Largemouth Bass pend their time in freshwater ‌habitats​ including lakes, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs. They prefer water temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees⁤ Fahrenheit and tend ​to stay ​in shallow waters, usually no deeper ‌than 20 feet.

When and Where to⁤ See

These species can be spotted during spring to summer when the water temperature is ideal. Dusk⁢ and dawn are the best times to catch ⁢them as they are usually​ active during these ‌hours.

Best Fishing⁢ Locations

Some renowned locations include:

  • Lake Guntersville, ​Alabama
  • Lake Okeechobee, Florida
  • Kentucky ​Lake, ​Kentucky
  • Lake Fork, Texas
  • Castaic Lake, ⁢California

Generally, look for quiet, warm, shallow parts of freshwater ‍habitats,‌ especially with vegetative cover.

How to Catch

Best lures include spinnerbaits,⁢ plastic worms, ​and crankbaits, Bait selection should be influenced by ⁢the‌ bass’s natural prey in its habitat. As for ⁢the technique, ⁤casting and ⁤reeling are often used.⁣ Early morning and late⁤ evening in spring to summer months make for the⁢ best ‌fishing times.

Identification Guide

Largemouth Bass are olive green to gray in color, with a series ⁣of dark, sometimes black blotches forming a jagged stripe along each flank. Their upper jaw reaches beyond the back margin of ‌the eye, differentiating them from ‌smallmouth bass.


Bass meat is white,⁣ firm,⁢ and flaky with​ a mild taste. It’s packed with protein‍ and ⁢low in‌ fat. One popular ‍dish is blackened bass, ‍a‍ cajun⁤ recipe that highlights its firm texture.

Additional Information

Largemouth Bass ⁣are aggressive feeders feeding on ‌a⁤ range of prey including insects, crustaceans, frogs, and smaller fish. Humans and ⁣larger fish‍ species are their main threats. ‍Their‌ feisty, fight-back nature have made them a Sportfish icon in the US.

References and Further Reading

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