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California Fish Species

Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Common Carp
Creek Chubsucker
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chubsucker
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Tilapia
Steelhead
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Catfish
White Crappie
White Perch
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

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FishExplorer Lakes with Largemouth Bass
Almanor Lake
Amador Lake
Anderson Lake
Antelope Lake
Barrett Lake (San Diego City)
Bass Lake
Berryessa Lake
Big Bear Lake
Black Butte Lake
Britton Lake
Bullards Bar Reservoir
Cachuma Lake
Calero Reservoir
Camanche Lake
Camp Far West Reservoir
Casitas Lake
Castaic Lake
Chabot Lake
Clear Lake (Lake Cty)
Contra Loma Reservoir
Corona Lake
Del Valle Lake
Diamond Valley Lake
Dixon Lake
Don Pedro Lake
East Park Reservoir
Eastman Lake
El Capitan Reservoir
Elizabeth Lake
Elsinore Lake
Englebright Lake
Ferguson Lake
Folsom Lake
Green Valley Lake
Lake Gregory
Lake Havasu
Lake Hemet
Hensley Lake
Hodges Lake
Iron Gate Reservoir
Irvine Lake (Santiago Res)
Isabella Lake
Jennings Lake
Kaweah Lake
Laguna Niguel Lake
Lopez Lake
Lower Otay Reservoir
Lake McClure
Lake Mendocino
Merle Collins Reservoir
Millerton Lake
Lake Morena
Murray Reservoir
Nacimiento Lake
Natoma Lake
New Hogan Lake
New Melones Lake
ONeill Forebay
Oroville Lake
Pardee Reservoir
Perris Lake
Pine Flat Lake
Piru Lake
Puddingstone Lake
Pyramid Lake
Salt Springs Reservoir
Lake San Antonio
San Luis Reservoir
Santa Ana River Lakes
Scotts Flat Lake
Shasta Lake
Silverwood Lake
Skinner Lake
Lake Sonoma
Success Lake
Thermalito Afterbay
Trinity Lake
Tulloch Lake
Upper Otay Lake
Uvas Reservoir
Whiskeytown Lake
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
Largemouth Bass
From the Michigan DNR:
The largemouth bass lives in shallow water habitats, among reeds, waterlilies and other vegetation. It shares these habitats with muskies, northern pike, yellow perch and bullheads. Largemouth bass are adapted to warm waters of 80-82 degree F, and are seldom found deeper than 20 feet. They prefer clear waters with no noticeable current and do not tolerate excessive turbidity and siltation. In winter they dwell on or near the lake bottom, but stay fairly active throughout the season.

Like the smallmouth bass, they spawn in late spring or early summer. The male constructs a nest on rocky or gravelly bottoms, although occasionally the eggs are deposited on leaves and rootlets of submerged vegetation. The eggs, which are smaller than those of the smallmouth bass, hatch in three to four days. The fry rise up out of the nest in five to eight days and form a tight school. This school feeds over the nest and later the nursery area while the male stands guard. The school breaks up about a month after hatching when the fry are about one inch long. Largemouth bass eat minnows, carp, and practically any other available fish species including their own. Young largemouth fall prey to yellow perch, walleyes, northern pike, and muskies. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are parasitized by the bass tapeworm, black spot and yellow grub. None are harmful to humans in cooked fish.

Identifying characteristics: (Native Fish) Two dorsal fins with a deep notch between spinous and soft-rayed portions, body longer than deep, upper jaw extends beyond rear of eye, dark lateral streak.
Most Recent Largemouth Bass Forum Posts
Line for big swimbaits 12.30.16 by Mike V.
Castaic continues to test 12.21.14 by VCBC Angler
Nice Piru bass! 08.27.14 by VCBC Angler
Can't figure out Castaic 08.04.14 by VCBC Angler
Piru still open 06.11.14 by VCBC Angler
Castaic Lake Club Challenge 09.18.13 by Bassnfly
San Diego Area Bass Fishing 10.11.12 by superP
Largemouth Bass Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Florida Strain Largemouth Bass - My "hunches" 11.14.17 by Dakota Jones
Blog: Lake Fork Fishing Report 10/10/17 10.11.17 by Dakota Jones
Blog: Rise and Shine 08.22.16 by Larry Henrichs
Blog: Fish'n the 'hood 05.04.16 by David Coulson
Blog: Gold Medal Bass 03.02.16 by Eric Allee
Blog: Ignoring Instincts Paid Off 08.05.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Chasing Boils 07.31.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Fresh Water Drum 07.27.15 by David Coulson
California Largemouth Bass Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by Flyrodn - Danny Barker of Florida with nice Clear Lake Bass by VCBC Angler - Jason & Jan by VCBC Angler - Jason`s Big Bass about 6.5 by VCBC Angler - 1.18 at Castaic by VCBC Angler - 6.15 at Castaic 1.18 by VCBC Angler - Skeeter got one, too! by VCBC Angler - Frank got one! by VCBC Angler - KS caught this in a Ventura County Bass Club tourny 7.14 by VCBC Angler - 2014 CA State Team at the BASS Nation Western Divisional in MT.  Ron won the CA spot to attend the National Championship and try for a spot at the Bassmasters Classic! by VCBC Angler - 2014 CA State Team at the BASS Nation Western Divisional in MT. by VCBC Angler - The 2014 California BASS Nation State Team at the Western Divisional Tournament in MT. by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet - LMB by BeastModeVet - Largemouth bass by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by Toad Wrangler - by BeastModeVet - by BeastModeVet -