Largemouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides

Largemouth Bass: A Game Fish

Being that Largemouth Bass are game fish, when people fish for them they can be kept or thrown back without legal trouble. When largemouths are caught and kept, they can either be used for eating or they can be taken to a taxidermist to be kept as a trophy.
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Diet & Habitat

Largemouth Bass have a very wide variety in their meal choices, ranging from very small to just about the size of themselves. Their diet mainly consists of bluegill, shad, shiners and other minnow species, small catfish, and other sunfish, as well as large invertebrates, crayfish and frogs. All of their meals either live in the water around them, or on the shore of the ponds and lakes where they reside. Largemouth's can live in ponds or lakes that are anywhere from 65 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and prefer to be in murky and muddy water.

What they look like:

Geographic Distribution

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Spawning Tendency

Largemouth's usually spawn during late winter in the southern parts of the United States and late spring in the northern regions when water temperatures reach around 60 F. They spawn in water usually two to eight feet deep around other fish.

Fun Fact!

The largest largemouth bass caught weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces in Georgia in 1932. This is one of the oldest and most revered records in all of game fishing.