Largemouth Bass

Much like the Smallmouth Bass, they are very popular amongst anglers due to their "fight" when caught, especially on the top of the water. They are also an easy fish to target in that they respond to a variety of tackle including spinner baits, crank baits, live bait, and artificial worms. It is an olive-green fish and its lower jaw extends past the top, or, orbital jaw, which is what gives this fish its name. They are generally fished for sport only and not often kept for consumption.

Tips for catching Largemouth Bass in Canada

Where to Find Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass are native to North America and can be found in both small and large rivers/lakes alike, usually finding cover in shallow weeds or other water cover. In Canada Largemouth Bass are mainly found in the most southern parts of Canada as they generally prefer the warmer waters of the United States.

Understanding Largemouth Bass Behavior

Largemouth Bass eat bluegill, banded killifish, snails, crawfish (crayfish), frogs, snakes, salamanders, bats and even small water birds. In larger lakes and reservoirs, adult bass occupy deeper water than younger fish, and change their diet consisting almost entirely of smaller fish like shad, yellow perch, ciscoes, shiners, and sunfish. It also consumes younger members of larger fish species, such as pike, catfish, trout, walleye, white bass, striped bass, and even smaller black bass. Prey items can be as large as 50% of the bass's body length or larger.

How to Catch Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are keenly sought after by anglers and are noted for the excitement of their fight. The fish will often surface and jump out of the water in their effort to throw the hook. Anglers most frequently fish for largemouth bass with plastic worms (and other plastic baits), jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. A contemporary method of using large swimbaits to target trophy bass that often feed on small rainbow trout. Live bait, such as nightcrawlers, minnows, frogs, or crawfish can also be effective. Large golden shiners are popular live bait used to catch trophy bass. Be sure to check to local/provincial websites for the specific conservation guidelines and regulations.

Tips for Trophy Largemouth in shallow water