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Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

The Largemouth Bass

The Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides

Overall green in color, varying from light green to almost black. Often wears a dark stripe or interrupted stripe from gill cover to tail. Jaw (maxillary) extends beyond the eye. Note notch separating two sections of dorsal fin.


Caught in all sizes from three or four inches long to 15 pounds or more. Usual maximum is 8-10 pounds. World record 22 pounds, 4 ounces; Florida record 17.27 pounds.


Excellent in smaller fish. Large bass are more coarse and should be released anyway.


Aggressive striker; strong and acro- batic fighter.The Largemouth may not be the “gamest fish that swims”—as the old quotation goes—but it ranks among the best battlers in fresh water.


The most popular tackle for good-size bass in or near cover is a heavy baitcasting outfit with line ranging from 15-pound test to 30. Much lighter tackle can be used successfully in open water. Baits include weedless plastic worms, spinner- baits, weedless spoons, topwater plugs and, in open water, swimming plugs. King of natural baits is the Golden Shiner, preferably native-bred and large. Chubs, Bream and Shad are also productive, as are large earthworms. Fly fishermen depend on large popping bugs and big streamer flies, often tied long and snaky to resemble worms or eels.


Casting;Trolling; Drifting.



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Varies with season and water temperature, but Largemouths of all sizes love cover—pads, grass, snags, docks, whatever.Younger, active fish often school in open water, chasing baitfish.


Big ole bass caught by FS forum member Morocco_madness.


FS forum member Bigsnook catching his first South Florida bass.


Curtis R caught this 11lb 10oz bass in Seminole County

Rainbow River Bass

Zackary caught this 3.5lb bass using a StrikeKing KVD Watermelon Red Rodent lure in Rainbow River

Gracie's Bass

Gracie caught this largemouth bass with a wild shiner in Loxahatchee

Mike's Largemouth

Mike caught and released this 8-pound largemouth bass at the stick marsh

Trenten's Bass

This 6-year-old fisherman caught a big 6.5 pound bass in Tallahassee all by himself.

Jim's Bass

Northwest Region Largemouth!

Florida Sportsman Forum Member Grouperdawg is shown here holding up a 9 pound bass caught in a pond right along side a gold course, well known to hold very large bass. Great job!


Florida Sportsman Forum Member FLOWGROWN_ANGLER posted this nice Largemouth Bass he caught in the north Florida area.

Little man's choice

Nic Stucki, age. 7, landed this largemouth bass while fishing with his parents. Nice job Nic!

Crystal Rier Duo

Capt. George Gordz and Justin Whaley set out for more shooting for the Reel Time Florida Sportsman show. As seen here for this series, they caught multiple species of fish including these redfish and largemouth bass which are commonly found in the freshwater together. Good job Boys!

Young Caleb's Bass

The photos attached are of brothers, Luke Walker age 4 and Caleb Walker age 9, of Loxahatchee, FL catching bass using watermelon seed artificial worms. God bless,

Plantation Bass

Jeremy Karashik, caught this big Bass fishing with his dad in a canal in Plantation.

Sammy's Bass

12 year old Sammy Holmes caught this bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee

Jax Bass

Jake Blount, caught this 13.1 lb bass in a pond near Jacksonville Florida on June 4

Ruskin Bass

Big Bass!

Barbie Bassin'

Apopka Bass

Michael Mangum with a largemouth bass caught on topwater.


Anastasia Bard, 5 years old, on Lake Tarpon to trying her luck at bass fishing with shiners.

Miami Bass

Largemouth bass

Koty Gronley's largemouth bass.

Deerfield Bass

Jessi Armillotto caught this 10 lb large mouth bass in Deerfield Beach, FL

Father/Son Bass Fishing

Jerry McMillen caught this 11 pound bass in Lake Placid while fishing with his father. She was pregnant and they released her at the same spot.

Longwood Largemouth

Steve Michalewski and son Landon, 3, caught this largemouth bass on a private lake in Longwood. The fish was almost as big as Landon--it weighed 9 pounds.

Lake Istokpoga Bass

Nick Tidwell caught this 11-pound largemouth bass on a Zoom Trick Worm at Lake Istokpoga.

Father and Son Bass Fishing

Landon, left, and his father Steve Michalewski caught this bass together in a pond on their street. This was Landon's first but not his last fish.

Birthday Bass

Robert Young caught this largemouth bass in the pond behind his house in Tampa, Florida on his 44th birthday.

Benjamin's Catch and Release

Fishing out of Tallahassee, Benjamin Lute caught and released four largemouth basses. The smallest a 8lb. 90z.

Hillsborough Freshwater Bass

Jayden Moulton caught this 13lb largemouth bass while fishing with his dad in Southern Hillsborough County; he caught this fish on a striped perch crankbait.

Odessa Largemouth

Gene Jordan caught this largemouth bass in the 3 acre pond behind his home in Odessa, Florida.

Cape Coral Largemouth Bass

Randy Butrim caught this 7lb largemouth bass, in a small lake in a gated community in Cape Coral; he caught it on a hula Popper.

Bass Angler

13 year old bass angler, Hunter Serrate, caught this freshwater bass, this is his biggest bass to date.

First Bass Catch

Jack Bellomy caught his first Bass in a Treasure Coast lake on a Ratl-trap in early June.

Alligator Lake Bass

Justin Friend caught this 6 lb bass on Alligator Lake in Safety Harbor, Florida. He caught it on an 1/4 oz lipless crankbait in about 8 feet of water.

Plentiful Bass

Chad Conner caught this bass in a lake in Broward County, along with a few others in the previous weeks.

Freshwater Bass

Devin caught this freshwater bass.

Scott's Big Bend Bass

Shane's Big Bend Bass

Pressley's Bass

Sarah's Largemouth Bass

Mark's Big Bend Bass

Coco Lake Bass

George's Big Bend Bass

Amanda's 7.5 Pounder

First Time Perch

Henry Wheeler, age 6, caught his first fish, a speckle perch, at Lake Ioamonia in Tallahassee using live minnows.

Brittany's First Bass

FS Member Brittany caught this 7.5lb bass in the canal behind her house in Port St. Lucie.

Jeff's Bass

Alexander's Bass

Zach's Largemouth

Largemouth Bass


Basser Goes Bassin'

Alexis's Biggest Catch

Largemouth bass caught in residential Miami

Rosemary White's Largemouth Bass

Jenna's Bass

Curtis's Bass

Danielle's Bass

This beautiful largemouth was caught, along with several more, while fishing the clear, spring-fed waters of the Rainbow River

Lake County Bass

Sunshine Bass

Largemouth Bass

Photo contributed by Capt. Shane Procell

Bass in a Pond

Luis Bombino caught this bass in a pond near his house in north Tampa, FL.

Northeast Bass

Cold Water Bass Fishing

Victoria Marlow, from Sarasota, caught this largemouth bass in a pond during the winter.

Cape San Blas Largemouth

FS Member fsumichael caught this 10-pound bass near Cape San Blas.


Florida Sportsman member WharfRat71caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member Bate-n-Tackel caught this 29.5-inch bass on a topwater plug from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member fsumichael caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member Oysterbottomboy caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore, using a dark green and gold spinner bait.

SO Flat Liner

Florida Sportsman member Flat Liner caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing after work.


Florida Sportsman member DragScreamer caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.

Captain Shane Procell

Florida Sportsman member Captain Shane Procell with a nice largemouth bass caught on a JD's Custom Frog.


Florida Sportsman member Mclovin caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member fsumichael caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member wheelerwheeler holds up a very nice largemouth bass.


Florida Sportsman member johnD caught this three pound largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member mitch2106 caught this three pound largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member Skipper caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.


Florida Sportsman member jruaneAUG caught this largemouth on a four inch black grub with a small white stripe down the middle.

Team Tuppens

Florida Sportsman member Team Tuppens saw lots of action on Lake Okeechobee, including this nice largemouth bass.


Florida Sportsman member Jollymon caught this five pound largemouth bass while trolling a crankbait.


Daughter of FS Member willburz with nice largemouth bass caught while fishing with a live shiner.

Largemouth on Fly

Largemouth bass caught on a private ranch in Central Florida.

Christina's Bass

Christina's first bass caught in a small like in Sarasota.

St. Augustine Bass

Big Bend Bass

Martin County Largemouth Bass



Ethan White caught this bass in Sarasota.

Curtis's Bass

Largemouth Bass

Logan's Bass

January 9, 2012. Logan Steed caught this nice largemouth bass.




East Central Bass


Shared Bass


Florida Sportsman member jgutzke caught this nice largemouth bass while fishing from the shore.



Northeast Bass

Jacob's Largemouth Bass

Nicole's Big Bend Bass

Lake Wales Bass

Beth's Largemouth Bass

Madison's Bass

Just My Size

Young angler with a yearling bass caught in a Vero Beach pond.

Floral City Bass

Largemouth Bass


Northeast Bass

Ft. Myers Bass Fishing

Horace Eads caught this 7-pound largemouth bass on a watermelon jerkbait in Fort Myers.

Bass on a Crankbait

Luke Weaver caught this four pound bass in his grandmother's pond on a crankbait.

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