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Largemouth Bass

World Record ~ 22 Lbs. 4 oz. Caught at Montgomery Lake, GA on June 2, 1932 by angler George W. Perry

Scientific name ~ Micropterus Salmoides

Other names ~ Black Bass, Largemouth, Bigmouth, Linesides, Florida Bass, Green Bass, Widemouth bass

Identification ~ The Largemouth Bass has a elongated, robust shape when compared to others in the sunfish family, of which the Largemouth belongs. It has a large mouth and the jaw falls beyond the rear of the eye. The color can vary depending on their location but generally they are light green to light brown in color along the back and sides with dark blotches and a white belly and lower sides. A prominent lateral stripe that runs from the snout through the eye to the base of the tail. The dorsal fin has two distinct portions, the spiny portion with 9 or 10 spines, and the ray portion with 12 or 13 soft rays. The largemouth Bass has a broad tail that is only slightly forked. 

Size ~  The average angler caught Largemouth Bass is 10 to 13 inches long and 1 to 2 pounds but fishermen do encounter Largemouth Bass to 5 pounds. In some habitats Largemouth Bass are caught in the 5 to 10 pound range but these are less common.

Habitat ~ The Largemouth Bass seek cover and can be found in weedy sections, near logs, stumps, lily pads, docks, large rocks, or anything else that offers them a shelter from which to ambush their prey. The Largemouth Bass prefers a water temperature range from 65 F to 85 F . The Largemouth Bass is found in all types of waters, including swamps, ponds, lakes, reservoirs, creeks, large rivers, and estuaries. The Largemouth Bass is native to the Florida Everglades, and due to its importance as a game fish, has been introduced into many other areas, making it perhaps the mostly widely distributed fish in the world. It has been introduced to Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Guam, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States.

Feeding Habits ~ The diet of the Largemouth bass is mostly made up of fish including threadfin shad, bluegills, golden shiners, gizzard shad, sunfish, and small catfish. Largemouth bass are opportunist feeders and if able will also feed on crayfish, mice, frogs, snakes, and salamanders.

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