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

Mud, Debris And Rapidly Rising Water Levels Keep Anglers Away

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
March 4, 2015

(Redding) Lake Shasta is basically blown out at this time. The water is muddy and there is a lot of floating wood and other debris dotting the surface of the lake.

Naturally, fishing pressure is basically non-existent. These challenging...

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East Bay Lakes Roundup

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 4, 2015

Los Vaqueros   

(Byron) The big trout bonanza continues at Los Vaqueros Reservoir as the weather warms up.

“Some notable trout last week were a 10.8 pounder caught on a Rapala in Howden, a 10.43 lb. fish taken on PowerBait in South Cove...

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Pre-Spawn Bite Begins!

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 3, 2015

(Oroville) The unusually warm weather over the past couple of weeks has spurred the spotted and largemouth bass at Lake Oroville to move into shallower water, from 10 to 30 feet deep.

“The fish are starting to stage for the annual spawn,”...

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Artificial softbaits are deadly weapons for bass of all stripes, including largemouths and smallmouths. Always a threat, their combination...

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Catching Those Winter Bass

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Although it might be cold, bass fishing at this time of year can be good. You must approach winter bass with an open mind. The weather can...

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Spinning With Braid!

Spinning With Braid!

Written By: Mark Fong

At one time in the not so distant past, monofilament fishing line was the gold standard of finesse anglers. With the advent of castable...

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on: May 25, 2013
Species: Bass

At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.



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