Where does the largemouth bass live and how to catch them

The Largemouth Bass is one of my favorite fish to catch. I am often asked where to find them and how to catch them. They live in a variety of different locations all over the USA. They thrive in water that is clear and where the temperatures range from 75 to 85 degrees. However, they can also live in cooler regions out there and survive in some close to freezing temperatures. That type of diversity means that you can have a great time searching for the Largemouth Bass.
They can tolerate living in water that is below 65 degrees. They are able to move into the deeper areas of the water and that makes it warmer for them in those areas. So if you are looking for them in the cooler times of the year you will be trying to find the deeper regions of the water. Largemouth Bass are now found in a variety of other countries too. They have been relocated there and they are thriving.

In some areas though they are being coined as an aquatic nuisance. In the USA though they are seen as a great entity and something that any good fisherman is going to be seeking. The key to finding them is looking for bodies of water that offer plenty of food for the Largemouth Bass.

They consume a variety of different foods. Some of them include crawdads, frogs, and various types of prey fish. They also rely on habitat that offers them some type of cover. If you see trees or bushes that hang over the water it can be a prime location for where the Largemouth Bass will be found.

In order to capture these fish you need to get your hands on the right equipment. You don’t need high dollar items though to catch the Largemouth Bass. You want to make sure you have the right fishing license for the area you will be in. Those laws vary so just make sure you look into it. I would hate to see you get into trouble for not following those laws.

You need a great rod and reel that allow you to get your Largemouth Bass with ease. You need something that is flexible, durable, and that you are familiar with being able to use. There are plenty of choices and it really comes down to what you are happy with. I recommend spending some time at your sporting goods store and trying out some various items. If you are a skilled fisherman you can also change your reel to fit any rod.

You want to use medium action rod and you should get one that is about 6 feet in length. If you can’t get that into your vehicle at full length don’t worry. Many of the models are able to be broken down easily into two pieces. You want to get an open ended reel as well.

You need the right tackle as well. For hooks you want to use #2 or #4 with a 6 inch leader. They are often already attached so you can just tie them to your line. You will also need various sizes of bobbers. Both swivels and sinkers should be part of your tackle as well. Let’s not forget about a quality tackle box too that keeps it all well organized and easily accessible!

Fishing with live bait is what I recommend for Largemouth Bass fishing. If you are beginning with this type of fishing I think it is better than using an artificial lure to try to entice them. Minnows and worms or even crawdads are all items that you may want to try. Any one of them can be what the Bass will be happy with on any given day so you have to be willing to explore them.

You can try some rubber products that are artificial lures that look real though. They are very affordable and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. You can get worms and crawdads in this format that do look extremely real. The best place to fish for the Largemouth Bass will be in the shallow waters but as it gets colder they will move deeper.

With that in mind you have to be able to modify where you will fish from and how far to cast. Even the time of the day can alter the temperatures so the Largemouth Bass can be moving around to stay at a temperature that they are happy with.

Now that you know where the Largemouth Bass are found and how to catch them it is time to get those efforts in motion. You may have to make some changes based on what area you are fishing in and the time of the year. It can be a fun adventure and one that yields you great results.


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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