The Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is likely the most common bass found in bodies of water across North America and likely worldwide. These black bass can grow upwards of 10 lbs. and are an incredibley fun species to catch for anglers. So much so, there's a multi-billion dollar industry surrounding them!

How To Identify A Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is a species of black bass native to North America. They are easily identified by their giant mouth that extends beyond the black margin of the eye when closed. They possess a dark green upper body that fades into a white belly. They have a dark faded later stripe down their centerline, a gently forked tail, and a prominent v-shaped separation of the dorsal fin.

  • Large, bucket-style mouth
  • Corner of mouth extends behind black margin eye when shut
  • Dark green upper body fading into a whitish belly
  • Lateral black stripe
  • Definite v-shaped separation of dorsal fin

Alternative Common Names For The Largemouth Bass

The fish of a thousand names. The largemouth black bass is known by many different names throughout the world. Depending on the region where you live you may here them referred to as one of the following names instead:

  • Widemouth bass
  • Bigmouth bass
  • Black bass
  • Bucketmouth bass
  • Largies
  • Potter's fish
  • Florida Bass
  • Florida Largemouth
  • Green bass
  • Buckmouth bass
  • Green trout
  • Gilsdorf bass
  • Oswego bass
  • LMB
  • Southern largemouth
  • Northern largemouth
A picture of a largemouth bass. How to tell if it's a large mouth bass.