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

Bass Blow Up On Topwaters!

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
May 25, 2015

(Colfax) “I’ve been out to Rollins Lake three times in the past 10 days and I’ve found some really good bass fishing, but the trout fishing has been pretty slow,” related Jason Pleece of Meadow Vista.

“I’ve been fishing from my kayak and...

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Trout And Salmon Action Explodes

Written By: Dan Bacher,
May 25, 2015

(Sacramento) Just like a light turned on, rainbow trout and king salmon fishing has finally busted loose at Folsom Lake.

Rob Bundy, his five-year-old son Drew and James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service caught their limits, including...

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Largemouth Bass Take Center Stage In San Joaquin River

Written By: Dave Hurley,
May 25, 2015

(Stockton) Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported phenomenal largemouth bass action during the past weeks despite the high winds.

He said, “The tide was great during the past week with a morning incoming to the high and the...

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Tips & Tactics for Bass
Four Essential Kayak Fishing Factors

Four Essential Kayak Fishing Factors

Written By: Joey MonteleoneJackson Kayak

While it sometimes appears to be complicated, bass fishing can be distilled down to a few key factors that can lead to more consistent...

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Soft Bait Bass Options!

Soft Bait Bass Options!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

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

Catching Those Winter Bass

Written By: Randy Pringle

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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on: May 25, 2013
Species: Bass

At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.

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