How to identify a Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass closely resembles the smallmouth bass and other species of the genus Micropterus (i.e., spotted bass, redeye bass, etc.) Together these fishes form a group that is referred to as the black basses. The largemouth can be distinguished from most similar species by the fact that its mouth extends at least to, and often beyond the rear edge of the eyes. 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. These characteristics are equally true of the Florida largemouth bass and the northern largemouth bass. In all other species of Micropterus the mouth does not extend to the back of the eyes, the two dorsal fins are clearly connected, usually with a slight dip between them, and the scales overlap the base portion of the second dorsal fin.
Where to catch Largemouth Bass
Originally confined to the eastern United States of America and portions of northern Mexico and southern Canada this member of the sunfish family can be found in every state in the continental U.S.A. and Hawaii, throughout Mexico and Central America, and in many other countries throughout the world. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: