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Largemouth Bass

 

Northern Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides salmoides)

Florida Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus)

 

Northern largemouth bass and Florida largemouth bass are very similar in appearance.  The two subspecies can be distinguished by the number of scales on the lateral line.  Northern bass have 59 to 65 scales on the lateral line and Florida bass have 69 to 73.  Although northern bass are more aggressive feeders, Florida bass will grow faster and larger in southern waters.  Northern bass seldom grow larger than 10 pounds.  Florida bass, however, can easily exceed 10 pounds.  A world record largemouth bass weighing 22 lbs. 4 oz. was caught in Georgia in 1932.  The record was tied in Japan in 2009.  The biggest largemouth bass reported in Tennessee weighed 16 lbs. 15 oz. and was taken from Browns Creek Lake in 2009.  It was electroshocked, so it is not the state sport fishing record.  Click here to see a photo.

 

Tennessee record Largemouth Bass:  15 lbs 3 oz  2/13/2015

CCTARL record Largemouth Bass:  11 lbs 14 oz 7/24/2015

 

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