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

Target Bass On Deep Drop Offs

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 19, 2014

(Clear Lake) The night bite for largemouth bass at Clear Lake has been slow, but should change soon with the arrival of cooler fall weather.

I have to say something positive about the fishing these days - beautiful water color –...

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16 Lb. Catfish Tops Late Summer Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 19, 2014

(Oregon House) The late summer and early fall is the top time to bag big, hard-fighting channel catfish in Collins Lake – and this year is no exception.

For example, Tyrone Ridgle of San Pablo landed a monster cat that weighed 16 lbs. in...

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Spots And Smallmouths Hitting On Rockpiles

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 19, 2014

(Sacramento) If you want to hook good numbers of feisty smallmouth and spotted bass this time of year, fish jigs in 20 to 25 feet off the rockpiles in Folsom Lake.

“My friend Mike and I caught and released 15 fish total on our latest trip...

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Tips & Tactics for Bass
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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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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anglingwes
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anglingwes

on: May 25, 2013
Species: Bass

At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.



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