Largemouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides

Largemouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides
Least Concern
Micropterus salmoides
Defining Characteristics and Behavior:

The Largemouth bass is a freshwater fish species that can grow up to 29.5 inches in length and weigh up to 22 pounds. It has a distinct appearance with a large mouth that extends beyond its eye and a dark greenish-black body with a white belly. The Largemouth bass is a predatory fish that feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and insects. It is known for its aggressive behavior and can be caught using various fishing techniques such as bait-casting, spinning, and fly fishing.

Habitat Preferences:
Fun Facts:
  1. The Largemouth bass is one of the most popular game fish in North America and is highly valued by recreational anglers for its fighting ability and flavor.
  2. They can eat prey that is up to 25 to 35 percent of their body length.
  3. The world record for the largest Largemouth bass ever caught weighed 22 pounds 4 ounces and was caught in Georgia in 1932.

Other Information

In Spring, male Bass will use their powerful tail to build a nest on the lake's sandy bottom to impress a female. Once decided, a female bass can lay up to 40,000 eggs, with the male remaining to protect the eggs and baby fish as they hatch.

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