Largemouth Bass Takes on Mouse

Largemouth bass can eat! For those of you who live under a rock, a largemouth is a game fish so it’s bred and distributed in places it didn’t naturally migrate. In fact, it’s even considered an invasive species because of its voracious appetite and vast introduction into ecologies it has no business being in. Largemouth bass have been introduced into lakes and ponds as far north as Canada and Minnesota and as far south as isolated lakes in Namibia. It’s extremely versatile and able to handle a wide range of environments, making it the ideal for sport fishers and the doom of local species unfamiliar with its habits.

It also doesn’t have many natural predators once it gets to become an adult – outside of humans. Its biggest natural predators are snapping turtles and herons – making this fish a fast breeding, eating machine. These fish can grow to be some extreme sizes – ranging upwards of 75 cm (29.5”) and weighing over 11 kg (~25 lbs). In their juvenile life cycle, they take on a very different personality – darting and hiding amongst reeds and grass. Once they get bigger, though, they wander freely through common reeds and cattail.

Enormous Appetite

Largemouth bass are coveted by sports fishers but also quite delicious. However, their diet is somewhat amusing. They’re able to eat animals and fish up to half their own weight. Using their giant maw to swallow the animal whole, they can effectively take down baby alligators, water birds, frogs and snakes. That’s pretty impressive for a fish. Their only main competitor in terms of eating power is the catfish.

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What adults typically like to eat (outside of other smaller fish):
• Crawfish
• Frogs
• Snakes
• Ducklings
• Baby Alligators
• Mice & Rats

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Because their maws allow them to envelope prey almost half their mass, that leaves a wide range of creatures to choose from. While they’re not at all adverse to eating insects a