Fish Identification Guide

Largemouth Bass
Micropterus salmoides
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Torpedo-shaped body with upper jaw extending beyond rear margin of eye and dorsal fin almost divided. Midside generally has a broad, continuous stripe with lower side either lacking dark spots or having dark spots that are irregularly arranged. It is an important predator, especially in small waters, and thrives in warm, moderately clear waters having little or no current. Young primarily feed on small crustaceans (mostly water fleas), insects, and small fish; whereas, adults primarily feed on fish, crayfish, and large insects, along with almost any other animal that swims or falls into the water. It is one of the top 5 commonly sought-after sport fish.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Statewide

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