Fishermen from Cuba to Canada get utterly excited every time a largemouth bass strikes their hook. The fish leaps out of the water, mouth open trying to shake the hook out of its mouth and often it does.
The largemouth bass has become one of the most widely fished species in the world. This is because bass are so easy to find because of their great ability to survive any where they may be located. You will find these fish as far north as northern Canada in the great lakes; you will find them in murky back waters, small ponds and even great spawning reservoirs in Mexico.
A few other names for large mouth are Black Bass, bucket mouth or sunfish. Large mouths are actually a member of the sun fish family. Bass fan out shallow in saucer shaped nests in the spring. They usually travel in water between 2 to 4 feet deep. They spawn in bays, cuts or channels and rough water often washes away their nests.
Large mouths usually spawn when the water warms to the low- to mid-60s. Depending on where the bass are they can lay their eggs anywhere from February to mid-June. After dropping her eggs the female usually abandons the nest leaving the male there to guard until the young bass can fend for them selves. Male bass will usually strike at anything that comes near the nest. For this reason some places close fishing in certain spawning areas while the nesting season is going on.
Bass can adapt to almost any foods. That’s why they can adapt well in many bodies of water around the world. Small fish, crayfish, frogs, insect larvae, snakes, turtles, mice and even birds have been found in the stomachs of bass.
Because bass don’t like bright sunlight they usually feed early in the morning or late in the evening during the summer time. During the day they usually hang out in drop offs close to feeding areas. Fishing for bass is usually great on rainy days. Depending where you fish large mouth bass can be caught anywhere from 1 pound to 20 pounds with the world record being 22 pounds, 4 ounces in Montgomery Lake, Georgia in 1932.
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