Large Mouth Bass
Large Mouth Bass - A Popular Sport Fish
It is not hard to guess why the large mouth bass is named as it is. If you have ever seen one, it has a characteristically large mouth. It is a favorite with fishermen, as it gives a them a good run for the reel so to speak, as they bring it in. Plus, it grows to a goodly size of around three pounds. There is also a small mouth bass, but the large mouth is more well known. However, the small mouth bass is prized by fishermen as well.
The original home of the large mouth bass was east of the Mississippi. Over time, primarily through the intervention of man, it has spread to all parts of the United States, as well as Canada and other parts of the world such as Asia, Africa, and Europe. While in some cases species are imported from other parts of the world and become invasive species in the United States, the reverse is true about the Large Mouth Bass. It has become an invasive species in some parts of the world where it has been imported.
The large mouth bass is part of the sunfish family and goes by various names. It can also be called black bass, big mouth bass, line side bass, and green trout. Its jaw extends past its eyes.
Large Mouth Looks and Longevity
It has already been mentioned that the large mouth bass has, well, a large mouth. But there are some other things that distinguish it. The underside can vary from light green to white, it can have green to brownish on its side with dark blotches. It can live up to 16 years. It can grow up to 24 inches, but the average is around 18 inches.
Home Sweet Home - Chow Time
Largemouth bass like warm and shallow waters. That includes hiding in cattails, weeds, lilies, or near boat docks. That way, they can feed in a protected hidden manner. However, they can also be found in clear water. They live through a wide range of temperatures as well.
What do they like to eat? After all, what else do people do when they are at home sweet home, they eat! So do large mouth bass. They like shrimp, minnows, bluegills, frogs, crickets, mice, crayfish and worms. Basically, if it can fit in their mouths, they can eat it. This gives fishermen a large variety of bait that they can use to catch these fish.
Baby Large Mouth
Baby large mouth bass are born from eggs. The little ones are called fry. They eat insect larvae and zooplankton as they are very small organisms. When they grow to one to two inches they are big enough to start eating small fish. But when these fry are born, there can be several thousand eggs that are laid in a saucer like depression created by the male bass. The female lays the eggs. The male guards them until the eggs hatch. It can take three to five days to hatch.
As mentioned before, bass live up to about 16 years. They start out as fry traveling together in schools. By the time they are full grown, they are usually solitary.
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