Ed Golson Outdoor Education

large mouth bass

Scientific Name: Micropterus salmoides 

Description: The largemouth bass has a dark green back with a lighter sides and an even lighter belly. Unlike smallmouth bass, their mouths extend back behind their eyes.

Another way to identify the large mouth bass is by looking at its dorsal fin. Large mouth bass all have a deep notch between the front and back part of their fin. They average about 1.5 to 3 pounds, but they can grow up to 20 pounds, especially in the south.  

Habitat: The largemouth bass is native to all parts of the eastern U.S. and Canada, but it has been introduced in many parts of the world. They are freshwater fish that like to live in large slow moving streams and lakes that have lots of plants for cover. They prefer to live in warmer waters that don't have much mud or silt in the water. 

Feeding: Largemouth bass eat all sorts of food including small fish, frogs, crayfish, even small mice or ducklings.

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