The Places To Find Bass

where do bass live

Bass fishing is a popular sport around the world, largely because bass can be found in salt and fresh water in various areas of various countries. Bass are not confined to one specific area or country as there are a number of species and variants that have adapted to the local surroundings! Here is a quick guide to where the different species of bass can generally be found:

Australian bass – These native fish can be found in the coastal streams and rivers on the Australian east coast. Unsurprisingly they can only be found there but are bred in certain places along the coast purely for angling.

Black Sea bass – This species is native to the eastern US coast and can be found in the stretch of coastline that extends from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, both inshore and offshore. They are in their largest numbers in New York.

European Seabass – This fish is found around Europe in a range of waters, including rivers, coastal waters and lagoons. It lives in the waters between Norway and Senegal, with an emphasis on the area around the Mediterranean and Black Seas. 

Largemouth bass – Native to the United States, this species can be found in the South, namely Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. It is extensively bred and caught in these states.

Smallmouth bass – This species is the most common in the United States and Canada. It is native to cooler water, like those found in the Hudson Bay area, the St Lawrence River, the Great Lakes and the Mississippi basin.

I hope that answers your question to some extent, but for more extensive information, please see the article discussing the location of the different species!


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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