Largemouth Bass Biology: Learn What Makes Largemouth Bass Tick

As if you hadn’t had enough of bass already . . . .

Oh wait. Of course you haven’t! Since we just can’t get enough bass, we figured you couldn’t either. So, we’ve come out with the latest edition to our Bass Fishing Resource Center, and created an entire section focusing entirely on Largemouth Bass Biology!

In sticking with tradition, ANGLR Expert Jonathan Dietz gives you a close-up view of what makes this monster tick, why they do what they do, and how you can go about finding them.

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Largemouth Bass: Basic Description

Just in case you have yet to run into one of these fish, Dietz gives us a great introduction before getting into the meat and potatoes of things.

Largemouth Bass: Basic Biology

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If you’re going to be out on the water chasing down a fish, you had better know some basics about how that fish lives so you have some sense of where to start looking. Dietz starts off this section detailing some of the similarities and differences between largemouth bass in their different populations.

Understanding what these fish feed on helps you figure out where they may be at a given point in time and how to go after them.

When you know what they’re likely to go after, you can make educated choices about what sort of bait or jig to use. Dietz also goes into great detail about their anatomy and how they feed, information that’s relevant to how you’ll be attempting to catch them.

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Largemouth Bass: Seasonal Movements

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Breaking things down into chunks corresponding with the bass’ spawn cycle, Dietz goes through the different spawns, from Pre-Spawn, to Spawn, to Post-Spawn. There’s a lot to learn here, and you’ll get good insight into how the fish move throughout these various times.

Multiple factors go into where a bass chooses to spawn, and how he finds that location. You’ll walk away with a complete grasp on the entire spawning cycle, and exactly what the fish are doing (and why) at any given point in time.

Summertime is a whole other beast altogether.

The warmer weather causes the fish to head off in a different direction, so finding them may be just a little more challenging. Dietz gives you everything you need to know about tracking them through the water.

They move again on you in the fall, and once more in the winter, so you’ll need to know where they may be during these times, and how to tell.

Largemouth Bass: Life Cycle

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Now that you know where the fish will be spending most of their time throughout the year, it’s time to find out about their life cycle. When do they hatch, how long before they’re mature?

As one of the most popular freshwater sport fish, understanding what makes a largemouth bass tick, can mean all the difference the next time you head out on the water.


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Jonathan Dietz

ABOUT Jonathan

I am an up and coming avid tournament bass fisherman. I currently fish on the Penn State Bass Fishing team. I have placed in the top 15 in multiple FLW BFL tournaments as a co-angler. I also used to compete on the United States Youth Fly Fishing Team, where I placed 11th in the world and was a part of 2 world championship team gold medals. In my spare time, I am an avid angler, I’m always trying new techniques, as well as inventing some of my own. I want to help spread some of the knowledge I have picked up to the fishing community!

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