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 luresplastic worms (and other plastic baits) jigscrankbaits and spinnerbaits Live bait such as nightcrawlersminnows 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 bassbluegillyellow perchcrappie 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.