Largemouth Bass thrive best in warm, shallow,
well-vegetated areas of ponds and sluggish streams. They are rather
solitary fish, preferring to stay among dense aquatic vegetation or
close to submerged cover, such as stumps, logs, or dock pilings.
The largemouth bass is the largest member of the sunfish
family and has been known to reach weights in excess of ten pounds.
It closely resembles the smallmouth, but differs by its long
upper jaw which extends well beyond the eye, and its pronounced
wide, solid black lateral band. In addition, the largemouth
is more of a dark green color than the smallmouth.
Spotted bass inhabit flowing streams in California and
are more tolerant of slow, warm, turbid water than smallmouth. In
lakes, spotted bass are found in deeper water. They prefer rocky
bottom areas as well as areas with steeply sloping sides.
Black Bass enerally has light greenish to brownish
sides with a dark lateral line which tends to break into blotches
towards the tail. Often confused with smallmouth and spotted bass,
it is easily distinguishable because the upper jaw extends beyond
the rear edge of the eye. Also, its first and second dorsal fins are
almost separated by an obvious deep dip, and there are no scales on
the soft-rayed second dorsal fin or on the anal fin.