Bass: Key Facts on America’s Favourite Sportfish


Largemouth bass are the prime target for the majority of inland anglers in the United States.

Bass are large, predatory fish that take lures and flies well and can be pursued pretty much year round.

They are found in a wide variety of water. And while there is a lot of skill in bass fishing (just ask the tournament pros!), bass are also a good species to target when you are learning. There are big enough populations of them to ensure that there is decent action most times you go bass fishing.

Facts about Largemouth Bass

underwater picture of a largemouth bass lurking near a snag

Bass are opportunistic feeders that will eat anything from crawfish and shad beneath the surface to frogs, insects and even small mammals from the water’s surface.

Bass can cope with a wide range of water temperatures and flows and levels of turbidity. They are tough fish with remarkable attributes, some of which we’ve summarised here:

Bass fishing gear and advice

Largemouth bass lure popper in mouth

Other types of Bass: Smallmouth, Peacock and More

Seasons for Bass Fishing

Bass can be caught year round, but generally spring, summer and fall offer the pick of the fishing in most areas


  • Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He is a regular on fly fishing podcasts and appeared in the international fly fishing film Predator.

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