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Largemouths can tolerate a wider range of water clarity, fertility and temperature than any other gamefish. They thrive in waters ranging from desert reservoirs to northern glacial lakes. You’re likely to find largemouths in any of the following waters:

RESERVOIRS. Most man-made lakes are created to control downstream flooding or to provide a reliable source of water for municipalities, farming, power generation and river navigation. As a rule, shallow, warm reservoirs with plenty of submerged trees, brush and aquatic plants for cover offer better fishing than deep, cold reservoirs with little cover.

PONDS AND PITS. Millions of farm ponds have been stocked with largemouth bass, usually in combination with sunfish. Landowners often obtain the fish from state or federal conservation agencies. Bass and sunfish are also planted in pits and quarries, once sand-gravel or mining operations cease and the basins fill with water.

NATURAL LAKES. Warm, shallow, weedy lakes usually hold more largemouths than deep, cold, clear lakes with little vegetation. However, shallow, weedy bays of deep, cold lakes may hold good largemouth bass populations.

RIVERS, STREAMS AND ESTUARIES. Slow-moving rivers and streams with weeds, brush or fallen trees for cover often have excellent largemouth populations. Bass also thrive in the brackish water of estuaries, where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water.
Flatland Reservoirs produce more and bigger largemouth bass than other reservoir types. Sometimes called flowages in the North, these waters are normally shallow and fertile with low to moderate clarity. Most have short creek arms, abundant weeds and flooded timber and sand or mud bottoms.

CANYON RESERVOIRS, found mainly in the West, are formed by damming large river gorges. Most are very deep and clear with steep walls, sharp-breaking points and long creek arms. Bottoms consist of rock or sand with few plants. Creek arms may have some timber and brush.

COVE RESERVOIRS, also called hill-land, highland or mountain reservoirs, are intermediate in depth, fertility and clarity, between canyon and flatland types. Creek arms are also intermediate in length. Most have some weeds and timber with sand, rock or clay bottoms.

STRIP PITS usually have sheer walls, jagged bottoms, sharp-breaking points and rock slides. Most have rock or sand bottoms, with clear, infertile water. Strip pits are generally deep with few weeds.

FARM PONDS are shallow and fertile. They have mud or clay bottoms and some submerged weeds. Brush piles are added occasionally to provide cover for bass and other gamefish. Runoff keeps most ponds murky.

EUTROPHIC LAKES have shallow, fertile water of low to medium clarity. There are extensive stands of submerged and emergent weeds, commonly extending into mid-lake. The bottom is mainly mud, often with patches of sand or gravel. In the North, these lakes may winterkill.

MESOTROPHIC LAKES have moderate depth, fertility and clarity. The shallows are often rimmed with emergent weeds, and submerged weeds may grow to depths of 25 feet. The bottom, which usually consists of sand, gravel, rock and muck, normally has sandy humps or rocky reefs.

STREAMS with warm water and deep pools make good bass habitat, particularly when there is an abundance of cover such as weeds and submerged logs, brush or boulders.

BIG RIVERS with weedy backwaters, cuts or bays off the main channel make ideal bass water. Few largemouths are found in the main channel itself because of the swift current.


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