Largemouth bass or Micropterus salmoides are fierce pond fish that are identified by their distinct dark, wide band that extends horizontally along its side. Their back and sides are an olive to gray or black fading to a whiteish underside and their jaw extends past their eye.
Largemouth bass can live up to 15 years, exceeding 20 inches and 8 pounds
but 2 to 3 pounds is more common. Largemouth bass reach sexual maturity in 2 or 3 years.
Largemouth bass spawn in late spring or early summer. Males will build a nest in shallow weedy sites. When the female visits she’ll drop her eggs in the nest, the male will fertilize the eggs and guard the nest for about a month after the eggs hatch.
The eggs will hatch in 3 to 5 days. They will begin feeding on microscopic crustaceans quickly working their way up to insects, crayfish, worms, frogs and any fish equal to their size or smaller.
Largemouth bass are great fish for stocking ponds in smaller numbers.
Largemouth bass give a great fight on the fishing line and can be caught on live bait or anything in your tackle box that resembles live bait.
They are ferocious eaters so it is important to have a good forage fish base like fathead minnows or feed them daily with pelletized fish food.
Check with your state natural conservation department for a list of suppliers and any necessary permit requirements.