Invasive Animal

Largemouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides

About This Species

Largemouth bass is native to Eastern North America. It was introduced as a stock fish in BC and can now be found throughout the Columbia River system, including the Vaseaux, Osoyoos, Christina, and Kootenay lakes.

Largemouth bass are predators with an omnivorous diet, feeding on plankton, smaller fish, amphibians, insects, crustaceans, and even young turtles. This species has a serious potential to disrupt food webs when introduced to new habitats, and has been identified as a potential threat to multiple aquatic species at risk in BC.

Largemouth bass prefer the upper levels of small shallow lakes and shallow bays of larger lakes, where the water is warmer and tend to be more aquatic plants to take shelter.

How to Identify

Largemouth bass have two dorsal fins that are joined together. The dorsal, caudal, and tail fins are semi-opaque and green, while the pectoral fins are amber and clear. The overall colouration of the fish varies depending on habitat – fish that live in clear water tend to be darker, while those living in murky water tend to be lighter.

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