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LARGEMOUTH BASS


Typical length: 25-55 centimetres (10-22 inches)
Typical weight: 0.68 – 1.8 kilograms (1.5–4 pounds)
Ontario record: 4.7 kilograms (10.4 pounds)

Key identifying characteristics:

  • Medium sized, deep bodied fish
  • Back and sides green to olive, belly is yellow to white
  • Body often with a broken horizontal stripe
  • Nine to eleven dorsal fin spines
  • Deep notch between dorsal fins
  • Upper jaw extends beyond eye

Distribution/Habitat:

  • Largemouth bass are adapted to a variety of habitats, from clear, rocky lakes to shallow muddy ponds and slow-moving rivers.   Largemouth bass prefer warm water with abundant aquatic vegetation.
  • The largemouth bass ranges from southern Ontario through the lower Great Lakes, with some populations in Northwestern Ontario. It often occurs in habitats similar to those preferred by the northern pike or muskellunge.

Angling Tips:

  • Largemouth are often found in thick weeds and near sunken wood. Overhanging trees and docks also provide good largemouth hideouts.  In most of the provincKey identifying characteristics:
  • Medium sized, deep bodied fish
  • Back and sides green to olive, belly is yellow to white
  • Body often with a broken horizontal stripe
  • Nine to eleven dorsal fin spines
  • Deep notch between dorsal fins
  • Upper jaw extends beyond eye

Common Baits:

  • Spinnerbaitsred-ns-fish-bullet-highlight
  • Topwater plugsred-ns-fish-bullet-highlight
  • Buzzbaitsred-ns-fish-bullet-highlight
  • Crankbaitsred-ns-fish-bullet-highlight
  • Jigsred-ns-fish-bullet-highlight
  • A variety of soft plastic baitsred-ns-fish-bullet-highlight
  • Minnows and crayfish are good live baits

* - Scientific information sourced from Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources

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