What does a largemouth bass look like?

Largemouth Bass Basic Information

When fishing for the largemouth bass it’s a good idea to learn a little about their habitat and the foods they are attracted to. For example, this species lives in the warmer waters and seem to do very well in temperatures that reach in the eighties. They can even survive in waters that reach the nineties, which is unusual for fish. They prefer clear water with slow moving currents. When it comes to the diet of this species, it’s one of the most unusual you’ll find anywhere. The adult largemouth bass will actually eat a variety of small animals that include mice, frogs, baby ducks and they will often hunt and eat snakes. If none of these animals are around, then they will eat smaller fish, minnows and crayfish.

Catching the largemouth bass may be a little more difficult than some of the other species but they’re worth the effort. By combining the right bait and equipment together you should be able to see some excellent results. You never really know what kind of mood the largemouth bass will be in so, it’s recommended that you take a variety of tackle and lures with you on each of your fishing trips. This way, you’ll be able to switch around and use different items if you’re not getting the results you want with one thing.

Some of the best lures to use when fishing for the largemouth bass include spinnerbaits, plugs and crankbaits. The spinnerbaits and plugs work best in the shallow waters and the crankbaits are best used when fishing in medium to deep waters. Jigs and soft plastic worms will usually get the attention of this species as well. The best time to seek out this species will be in the early morning and late evenings because this is when they feed the most actively.

When they’re young they will hang out in schools but once they become adults they tend to venture out on their own. They can be found hiding around plants, trees, brush and other structures where they can have an advantage over their prey. You may find adult largemouth bass gathering together in the same location but this is usually because it’s a good place to find food and not because they’re interacting with each other.

When fishing for this species, presentation is everything. They will swim in the opposite of direction of anything that appears to be unnatural. For this reason, it’s recommended that you take some time to work on your presentation and learn how to use the lures designed for bass correctly. Before you know it, you’ll be reeling in more largemouth bass than you ever thought possible.

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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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