Today, the black basses are some of the most coveted species of game fish here in the U.S. and growing internationally as well. Though the black bass family includes a number species, the two most prevalent and pursued are the largemouth and smallmouth bass. This resource, therefore, will focus on those two species to uncover a few of the secrets to help us all be better at catching rather than just fishing while pursuing our prey.
Why are these two bass family members so popular?
Some of the reasons for their popularity stems from a combination of the size of their populations, the pugnacious attitudes towards forage (real and perceived), as well as to their high-level of adaptability to new waters largemouth and smallmouth bass.
The Technical Overview …
The black basses (genus Micropterus) are the largest of the sunfish family and because of their importance as game fish they are also the most well studied. There are seven living species within this genus, and as mentioned above two species are extensively studied and pursued.
And here is a short video from the folks at Angling Buzz describing the basic differences between largemouth and smallmouth bass…