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

Trout And Bass Stretch Lines

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
November 16, 2014

(Colfax) This is the time of the year when the fishing really comes to life at foothill lakes like Rollins and Scotts Flat. Cool overnight temperatures have driven surface temperatures down, putting both trout and bass on the bite.

“I was...

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Bassers Target Fish With Reaction Baits

Written By: Dan Bacher,
November 16, 2014

(Oroville) If you like to fish spinnerbaits, crankbaits and other reaction baits, it’s time to hit the spotted bass at Lake Oroville.

“Fishing is really good now,” revealed Fil Torres at Oroville Outdoors. “It’s like spring fishing –...

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Mother Lode Roundup

Written By: Dan Bacher, Garry Erck,
November 16, 2014

Amador

(Ione) The first plant of 5000 pounds of rainbow trout went into Lake Amador on October 24, resulting in great fishing for shore anglers and boaters.

“The next plant will go in during the second week of November,” said Debbie...

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Tips & Tactics for Bass
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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Fall Bass Focus On Baitfish

Fall Bass Focus On Baitfish

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

It’s that time of the year when the days are getting shorter and the day time temperatures are starting to cool down. This only means one...

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Delta Topwater Bass Action!

Delta Topwater Bass Action!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

 When summertime comes around on the California Delta, there’s nothing that will get your adrenaline flowing like when a giant largemouth...

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on: May 25, 2013
Species: Bass

At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.



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