Bass General Information

Largemouth are the most sought after warm water gamefish in the US. Their preferred habitat is warmer waters with extensive weedbeds, lily pads, tules and other types of cover. They can be found in lakes, reservoirs, ponds, backwaters, sloughs, and slow moving river sections. They are highly adaptable and have managed well in reservoirs with wide water level fluctuations and little natural cover.

Largemouth bass live 15 years or more and can reach over 20 lbs. in weight. Most bass in the western US are the northern strain, however, in the last twenty years the Florida strain has been introduced in southern California reservoirs and at Clear Lake in northern California. The Florida strain grows at a faster rate and lives longer. Most record fish caught are Florida strain.

Mature largemouth bass subsist primarily on a diet of fish such as bluegill, shad, shiners, and silversides. Other favorite foods consist of crawdads, frogs, and tadpoles. Rats, ducks, blackbirds, and grebes have all been found in the stomach of largemouths. They are ambush style hunters with bodies built for short bursts of speed. Their cavernous jaws create a vacuum effect upon attack.

Largemouth bass become sexually mature at 2 to 3 years. Males create a nest about 2' in diameter, in 1 to 4 feet of water, carefully cleaning the shallow depression of silt and debris. The female will lay a portion of her eggs in one nest and then find other nest in which to deposit her eggs. More than one female may lay eggs in a nest. The males guard the nest with the eggs hatching in less than 10 days. The fry stay in the nest for about a week until the yolk sack is absorbed. The fry school until they are about 1 " long, 6 months, and then scatter.

Recent Bass Articles & Reports

Quality Stripers On Move Into San Joaquin

Written By: David Hurley,
August 29, 2014

(Stockton) Striped bass action on the San Joaquin River is heating up with numbers of fish moving into the system.

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported, “Striper fishing is off-the-hook in the San Joaquin from...

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Target Main Body Rockpiles For Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 23, 2014

(Sacramento) Black bass fishing prospects are still very good at Folsom Lake, but fishing pressure has been very light.

Folsom Lake is holding 398,027 acre-feet of water, 41 percent of capacity and 59 percent of average. The water level...

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Use Top Water Lures For The Larger Bass

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 23, 2014

(Oroville) Most of the bass being taken now at Lake Oroville are “spots” in the 12 to 14 inch range, but some larger largemouth and spotted bass are available for fishermen tossing out top water lures early and late in the day.

“A 5 lb....

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Tips & Tactics for Bass
Pitching For Bass

Pitching For Bass

Written By: Larry Nixon

If a bass could build its ideal habitat, the specs would be something like this: shallow water, in or near heavy cover with quick access...

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Color: Do Bass Have A Favorite?

Color: Do Bass Have A Favorite?

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

If you're like me, your tackle box is a color kaleidoscope. With my endless assortment of soft plastics sporting colors never seen in...

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What Do You Know About Largemouths?

What Do You Know About Largemouths?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Among anglers, black bass are one of the country’s most popular gamefish. Black bass are really not bass at all, but rather represent the...

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anglingwes
Caught by:

anglingwes

on: May 25, 2013
Species: Bass

At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.



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