Fisherman’s Report: Largemouth Bass

Fishing in Lake County?  Largemouth bass should be on your list. You’ll find this prized sport fish in most Lake County lakes and waterways.

The largemouth bass closely resembles the smallmouth bass, but can be distinguished by the fact that its mouth extends at least to, and often beyond the rear edge of the eyes. Also, its first and second dorsal fins are separated by an obvious deep dip.

The largemouth bass is an olive-green fish and can reach over 20 inches and exceed 7 pounds. The fish lives 16 years on average.

Largemouth bass are prized by sports fishermen for the excitement of their fight. The fish are aggressive and will strike bait or a lure with great force. They will often become airborne in their effort to throw the hook. Largemouth bass are exceptionally intelligent and able to distinguish and avoid a particular type of lure after only one encounter with it.

Typically, you’re most likely to find this fish around big patches of weeds and other shallow water cover. They are very capable of surviving in a wide variety of climates and waters, but do best in clear, not turbid, water.

The best time to fish for bass is May through July. Anglers often use lures such as plastic worms (and other plastic baits), jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Live bait, such as nightcrawlers, minnows, frogs, or crawfish, is also popular.

There is no statewide size limits on largemouth bass, but there are site-specific limits. The minimum length is 15 inches In Lake County Forest Preserves and 14 inches in the Fox Waterway.


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