About this Species 

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Name:Largemouth Bass
Family:Black Bass
Scientific Name: Micropterus salmoides
Range:Statewide; widely stocked.
Habits and Habitat:Largemouth bass spawn in Arkansas in April. The male aggressively guards the nest until the young begin to swim away. They feed first on zooplankton then switch to insects, fish, crayfish and even small animals or birds. They’re usually found along the shoreline or other structure in lakes and streams.
Fish Fact: The largemouth bass has the largest mouth for its size of any freshwater fish and is a voracious predator, which explains why it is the most popular sport fish in the state.
As A Group:Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are called black bass because their “fry” (recently hatched young) are black.
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Joe Tomelleri