Largemouth Bass are the most popular game fish in North America. They can be found in all 50 states as well as Japan. Largemouth Bass in Minnesota are most commonly found in small or medium sized lakes in central and northern regions. They mostly frequent clear waters, but can also be found in some of southern Minnesota’s muddier, shallower lakes as well. Largemouth bass like warm waters with plenty of weed beds and sandy bottoms, and will hover near structures such as rocky outcroppings and fallen logs.
Although most largemouth bass are in the 2- to 5-pound range, in optimum conditions they can reach weights of over 20 lbs. The largemouth bass world record, set in 1934 and tied again in 2011, is 22 lbs, 4 oz.
The easiest way to distinguish between largemouth and smallmouth bass is to examine their mouths. The largemouth bass mouth, when closed, extends beyond the back of the eye, while that of the smallmouth only reaches the middle of the eye. There is also a difference in coloring, with the largemouth bass having a background color of silvery-green and the smallmouth having more of a bronze tone.
Anglers use a wide variety of techniques and lures to target Largemouth Bass. Largemouth are aggressive ambush feeders and will pounce on anything that comes by them, so soft plastics, jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinners and poppers all have the potential to attract them.