Largemouth Bass

The Largemouth Bass adult is an olive green fish, marked by a series of dark, sometimes black, blotches forming a jagged dark stripe along each side.

They have a very large mouth.

Largemouth Bass Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit 12 inch minimum (total length); except 15 inch minimum (total length) in Becks Pond
Daily Limit / Person 6; except 2 from Becks Pond
Delaware Range Statewide
Abundance in Delaware Waters Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences Largemouth Bass can be found in ponds, streams, rivers, and other freshwater areas. They lurk among woody debris, docks, overhangs, and aquatic weeds.

They feed on fishes, crayfish, frogs, small birds, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.
Did You Know? Largemouth Bass are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).

The Largemouth Bass has the largest mouth for its size of any freshwater fish and is a voracious predator.
Common Lures and Baits Largemouth Bass are caught on lures that imitate fish, frogs, crayfish, and worms. Popular lures include spinnerbaits, plastic worms, jigs, and topwater lures.

Large minnows or Golden Shiners, fished under bobbers, are favorite live baits.
Typical Sizes Caught Largemouth Bass are commonly caught in the range of 12 to 16 inches in length (about 1 to 3 pounds) by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Live Release Award
Adult: 20 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 17 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 5 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 3.5 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record 11 pounds 1.6 ounces
Andrew Klein