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Bass Species (3 of 12)

Quickly learn the difference between largemouth and smallmouth bass species in this video. Identifying largemouth and smallmouth is easy if you follow these tips.

Video Transcript:

It doesn't really take much to get started in fly fishing for bass. You need an inexpensive rod outfit, and some basic flies. Then you're in business. Bass are often aggressive and opportunistic, and will attack anything that looks alive. You don't really have to worry that much about fly selection, and that's why bass fishing is a great way to get started.

Often, this action is all on the surface, which makes it that much more exciting, because everything is visual. But first, let's discuss the physical differences between large mouth and small mouth bass, and also discuss the environments they inhabit. Differentiating small mouth and large mouth is simple. If the mouth only extends to the middle of the eye, it's a small mouth. If the mouth extends beyond the eye, then it's a large mouth. Body markings are also a giveaway. Large mouth are green and have a defined black lateral line. Small mouth are brown or bronze with vertical black lines, and usually some horizontal lines on their cheeks.