Largemouth bass have a dark green upper body fading into a whitish belly, with a series of dark marks forming a dark horizontal band along the sides. As water clarity decreases, colors fade and fish tend to be more silver in appearance. They can be distinguished from other bass species by their large mouth. When the mouth is closed, the upper jaw extends well beyond the eye. In addition, there is a deep notch between their dorsal fins, making the two fins appear separate.
Scientific Name: Micropterus salmoides
Adult Size: 12-38 inches
Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state.
Image: © Joseph R. Tomelleri
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