Largemouth Bass

Georgia State Fish

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Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides); photo by Clinton & Charles Robertson on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) was designated the official state fish of Georgia in 1970. This black bass (an elongated sunfish) lives in quiet, vegetation-rich waters (also called black bass, green trout, bigmouth bass, or lineside bass).

Adult largemouth bass are active predators in the aquatic ecosystem, feeding on other fish and large invertebrates (such as crayfish). Large bass will also prey upon smaller bass. Largemouth bass can reach a length of more than twenty inches and weigh more than fifteen pounds. The largemouth bass is also a state symbol in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.

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Images

World record largemouth bass historical marker; photo by Georgia Wildlife Resources Division on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

World record largemouth bass historical marker

Largemouth bass; photo by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Largemouth bass

Videos

underwater video of largemouth bass nesting and guarding eggs and fry