Largemouth Bass

LARGEMOUTH BASS (Micropterus salmoides)

ALIAS:  Black bass, green trout, bucketmouth, bigmouth bass, widemouth bass

IDENTIFICATION:  The large mouth extends past the back of the eye when the mouth is closed.  A dark band runs along the side of the body from head to tail. Coloration is variable, but is usually a dark green.

DIET:  Bluegill, frogs, insects, fathead minnows, golden shiners and other small fish.

SPAWNING:  Mid-March to mid-June when water temperatures reach 62̊F. Males construct nests in 2 to 4’ of water on sandy or gravely bottoms. 

FISHING TIPS:  Natural and artificial baits work well with casting or spinning gear.  Best fishing months are May, June and July.

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