Largemouth Bass Facts

Largemouth bass are  sought after by anglers and are noted for the excitement of their fight. The fish  often become airborne in their effort to throw the hook, but many say that their cousin  the smallmouth bass can beat them pound for pound. Anglers  often fish for largemouth  with lures  plastic worms (and other plastic baits) jigs crankbaits and spinnerbaits  Live bait such as nightcrawlers minnows  frogs, orcrawfish can also be productive. In fact, large golden shiners are a popular live bait used to catch trophy bass, especially when they are sluggish in the heat of summer or in the cold of winter. Frogs may not be legal everywhere. One may have to read the regulations in their own state.

 Largemouth bass usually hang around big patches of weeds and other shallow water cover Strong cultural pressure among largemouth bass anglers encourages the practice of catch and release  especially the larger specimens, mainly because larger specimens are usually breeding females that contribute heavily to future sport fishing stocks  Largemouth bass  if handled with care respond well to catch and release They have a white, slightly mushy meat, lower quality than that of the smallmouth bass  bluegill yellow perch  crappie or walleye  Small largemouth  10-14 inches, can be quite delicious when the water temperature is low but the large fish should be released   Although it is most popular in the southeastern states, many varieties of the largemouth bass can be found in the north and western regions They are an invasive species in the Canadian province of New Brunswick  and are a danger to native fish fry.   


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