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

Spotted Bass Fishing Great As Water Remains Warm

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 19, 2014

(Folsom) Folsom Lake has risen over 10 feet from recent storms and the lake is filling rapidly, although it is still very low. The surface temperature is still really warm, as high as 60.5° in places.

“It is easily the warmest I've EVER...

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Catfish Bite Rages With Storm Inflows

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 19, 2014

(Napa) If you like to hook big, hard-fighting channel catfish, now’s a good time to hit Lake Berryessa.

“The catfish action is amazingly good in the northwest end of the lake where Putah Creek enters,” said Bob Arwine at Sweeney’s Sports....

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Trout Fishing Perks Up With Cooler Weather

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 10, 2014

(Sacramento) While fishing pressure remains sparse at Folsom Lake, a few reports of bass and trout fishing success are beginning to emerge.

Granite Bay's low water ramp and the Hobie Cove ramp in Brown's Ravine are in operation, but a 5...

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Tips & Tactics for Bass
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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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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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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