Large Mouth Bass
Other species of the genus Micropterus (i.e.small mouth bass, rock bass,
spotted bass, redeye bass).
Black bass, Oswego bass, green bass, green trout, Florida bass, Florida
(or southern) largemouth, northern largemouth.
Olive to dark green in color, with greenish-yellow sides.
Horizontal Stripe down side of body.
Largemouth bass seek protective cover such as logs, rock ledges,
vegetation, and man-made structures. They prefer clear quiet water, but
will survive quite well in a variety of habitats.
The bass ranks very highly in the aquatic food chain. A bass 10 inchs or
longer has very few enemies and will eat almost anything it can swallow.
Because of the bass's large mouth and flexible stomach it can eat prey
nearly half its own length.
largemouth can be distinguished from most similar species by the fact
that its mouth extends at least to, and often beyond the rear edge of
11 lbs, 3 oz. 10/12/1940 Lake Ripley, Jefferson County.
Scientific name: Micropterus means "small fin"; salmoides means "trout-like" in
gameness and food.
largemouth bass occurs in all three drainage basins in Wisconsin
(Lake Michigan, Mississippi River, and Lake Superior); it is
least widespread in the driftless area of southwestern
Wisconsin. Wisconsin is near the northern limit of distribution,
and it has been suggested that its presence in the state,
especially in the northern counties, resulted from
Spawning: The spawning
of largemouth bass in Wisconsin occurs from late April to early
July. The selection of nest sites begin when water temperatures
reach 60º F, and eggs are laid when the water temperatures are
at 62 - 65º F. The male largemouth bass usually selects a sand
or gravel bottom upon which to build a nest; however, the fish
will also nest on soft bottoms, where they are able to expose
such hard objects as roots, twigs, and snail shells on which to
deposit the eggs. Territorial defense against intruders is
practiced by the largemouth bass as it is by other sunfishes.
bass will bite on almost anything. They can be caught on
minnows, worms, or other live bait, plus poppers or streamers
presented with a fly rod, or plugs thrown from a casting or
spinning rod. Because the bass is usually associated with weeds,
a weedless bait will often be necessary. Best fishing times are
early morning and evening during the warm months. Bass like warm
water and warm weather. Few bite in the winter.
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