Family: Centrachidae

Common Family: The Sunfish Family

Common Name: Largemouth Bass

Scientific Name: Micropterus salmoides


Largemouth bass differ from smallmouth and spotted bass by having a larger mouth. The upper jaw or maxillary, when closed, extends beyond the back of the eye. Also, the spiny and soft dorsal fins are almost completely separated.

Range and Habitat: 

Largemouth bass occur throughout Indiana in lakes, rivers, and streams. Largemouth bass can be found near logs or stumps, large rocks, and in vegetation along shorelines.

Fishing Facts:

The largemouth bass is the most sought after warmwater gamefish in Indiana. Sunfish, gizzard shad, crayfish, and large insects are major prey items of largemouth bass. Crank baits, spinner baits, buzz baits, rubber worms, popping bugs, and natural baits are commonly used to catch this fish.

Similar Species: 

The largemouth bass can easily be separated from the two other blackbass species by its large mouth and deeply separated dorsal fins. The stripe along the side also differs from that of the spotted bass.