Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is a species of black bass in the sunfish family native to North America. It is also known as the widemouth bass, bigmouth, black bass, bucketmouth, Potter's fish, Florida bass, Florida largemouth, green bass, gilsdorf bass, linesides, Oswego bass, southern largemouth and northern largemouth. The largemouth bass is the state fish of Alabama (official freshwater fish), Georgia, Mississippi, Florida (state freshwater fish), and Tennessee (official sport fish).

The largemouth is an olive green fish, marked by a series of dark, sometimes black, blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank. The upper jaw (maxilla) of a largemouth bass extends beyond the rear margin of the orbit. In comparison to age, a female bass is larger than a male. The largemouth is the largest of the black basses, reaching a maximum recorded overall length of 29.5 in (75 cm). The fish lives 16 years on average.

They prefer locations with lots of structure, such as submerged vegetation, brush piles, stumps, boat docks and standing timber. Underwater points, humps, drop-offs, bridge pilings and old road beds are also favored haunts, particularly in reservoirs.

Research indicates that the largemouth bass is also the most intelligent freshwater fish, able to distinguish and avoid a particular type of lure after only one encounter with it. 

Largemouth are keenly sought after by anglers and are noted for the excitement of their fight. The fish will often become airborne in their effort to throw the hook, but many say that their cousin species, the smallmouth bass, can beat them pound for pound. Anglers most often fish for largemouth bass with lures such as plastic worms (and other plastic baits), jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. A recent trend is the use of large swimbaits to target trophy bass that often forage on juvenile rainbow trout in California. Live bait, such as nightcrawlers, minnows, frogs, or crawfish can also be productive. In fact, large golden shiners are one of the best baits to use to catch trophy bass, especially when they are sluggish in the heat of summer or in the cold of winter. They are the most popular freshwater game fish. Casting lures and plugs during dawn and dusk hours around cattails and sunken logs will give you the best chance to land one of the lunkers.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Micropterus salmoides
Environment:Lake, River, Stream
Ideal Temp:65-75°F (18-24°C)
Technique:Casting, Fly, Jigging, Trolling
Lure Type:Crankbaits, Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Soft Plastics, Spinnerbaits, Spoons, Topwater, Trolling
World Record:10.12 kg (22 lb 4 oz) Lake Biwa, Shiga, Japan
Other Names:largemouth, largemouth bass, black bass, widemouth bass, bigmouth, bucketmouth, Potter', Florida bass, Florida largemouth, green bass, gilsdorf bass, Oswego bass, southern largemouth, northern largemouth

Latest Largemouth Bass Fishing Reports and Spots

Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides: Okeechobee Fishing Report 11/14/2020 - 1/15/2021 2:46:36 PM

Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides: Okeechobee Fishing Report 11/14/2020 Dave Steele enjoyed a fantastic day on Big O catching a bunch of nice bass (View)

More Wind Trout Reds and Largemouth Bass! - 11/7/2020 3:01:03 PM

We had a fun group from Kentucky book an inshore fishing charter. Many thanks to Layton for booking a second trip this week. The wind was tough (View)

July 27 2020 - 7/27/2020 8:41:28 AM

Summertime fishing has been great on the Grand and Muskegon rivers. We are boating good numbers of smallmouth on our trips with some real dandie (View)

Maine Residents 2020 Discount - 7/26/2020 11:36:25 PM

The State of Maine lifted the prohibition on guided outdoor activities for residents and non residents who have quarantined here for 14 days a (View)

Mile Road - 4/10/2020 1:52:21 PM


Largemouth Bass - 3/26/2020 12:05:11 AM

Decided to go wet a line this afternoon and went over to Falls of Neuse Lake for a quick session. Tried using a couple different colored plast (View)

Look on the Bright Side You Can Still Fish! - 3/17/2020 1:56:19 AM

Here is a holdover striper that I landed just a couple of days ago.  They are around the backwaters and rivers along the Bay and oceanfront but (View)

10-02 LB Largemouth Bass Lake Guntersville - 2/22/2020 1:20:49 AM

Blessed Is The Word That Comes To Mind. Blessed to be able to fish Lake Guntersville Daily and to have caught my 3rd Double Digit Bass form Gunt (View)

February Everglades Fishing Update for Florida Largemouth Bass - 2/19/2020 11:21:00 PM

February Everglades Fishing Update If you are looking for the ultimate bass fishing destination the Florida Everglades is the place to visit. A (View)

Flint River Shoal Fishing Report – 9 December 2019 - 12/11/2019 1:46:19 AM

Jim and Teressa had a great half day trip. The Flurry lasted about 2 hours caught and released 12 Shoal Bass and Largemouth. 3’ visibility 56f (View)