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 Action Comes To Life

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
October 16, 2014

(Colfax) Cool over night temperatures and periods of rain have stimulated the trout at Rollins and Scotts Flat Reservoirs. In addition to the upswing trouters are enjoying, the bass bite remains good at both impoundments.

“I’ve been...

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Largemouths Show In Surprising Numbers

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 16, 2014

(Oroville) In spite of low water and difficult launching conditions at Lake Oroville, fishing for black bass is very good for the few getting out.

“There are metal grates in the water at the Bidwell and spillway ramps to help boaters...

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Channel Catfish Bite Rages

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 16, 2014

(Clearlake) if you want to catch monster channel cats, Clear Lake is the place to go.

“This is the best year for catfish that I’ve ever seen at Clear Lake,” reported Bob Higgins at Limit Out Bait and Tackle. “The fish are averaging 10 to...

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Tips & Tactics for Bass
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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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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on: May 25, 2013
Species: Bass

At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.



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