Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides

Distinguishing characteristics: They get their names from their large mouths


In the Wild

  • Habitat:  They live in the freshwater lakes and rivers in North America
  • Diet: They eat fish bluegills, golden shiners, sunfish, other bass and small catfish. They are opportunist eater
  • Predators:  They still have predators like pikes and people eat them.
  • Size:  They are around 2 ft. and about 20.5 lbs.
  • Breeding: The female lays between 2,000 to 40,000 eggs -male stays with eggs a week
  • Life Span:  They live around 16 years on average



In the Aquatics Lab

  • Diet:  They eat a large piece of squid
  • Size: They are between 6 and 7 inches
  • Quantity:  1



Other information

  • Virginia Regulations:  It has to be more than 15 in. in order to be kept
  • Commercial Uses:  They are caught for sale and commercial uses

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