Introduction to Bass Fishing
Many freshwater and saltwater fish are referred to as bass. While some are not truly bass, many have similar physical characteristics that resemble bass. Fishresource.com focuses on the six most prominent freshwater sportfish bass: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Striped Bass, Whiterock Bass and the White Bass. Follow the links to each for detailed information on the species and the techniques to catch them.
Individual Species Overview
Not only is the largemouth bass a favorite of the team at Fishresource.com, it is also the most popular game fish in North America. The largemouth bass (micropterus salmoides), is also commonly known to anglers as the black bass, bigmouth, green bass, green trout, Florida bass, Oswego bass, the southern largemouth and most affectionately as old bucketmouth.
The smallmouth bass (micropterus dolomieui) is a popular North American game fish, well known both for its fighting ability and table fare. Smallmouth bass are known to be tenacious and full of energy, which is why many anglers consider them to be a top fighter and excellent game fish. Find out how to put more smallmouth bass on the end of your lines with some tips and techniques.
The rock bass (ambloplites rupestris), like the largemouth bass is actually a member of the sunfish family. They are fun, sturdy little fish that give a great fight. When introducing the sport of fishing to children, rock bass are great fish to go after. And if you like to eat your catch, the meat on the rock bass is very light and mild and makes for a great campfire feast.
The striped bass (morone saxatilis) is a popular North American fish sought after by anglers. They are a true bass and a member of the temperate bass family. Although they are native to the Atlantic coast, the striped bass have an interesting story behind them as to how they have found their way throughout most of North America. Find out how to put more on the end of your line.
The whiterock bass is actually a hybrid striper, or more precisely, it is the offspring of a "pure-strain" white bass parent and a "pure-strain" striped bass parent. Over the years, it has become a very popular freshwater game fish that has found its way across North America very quickly and successfully. In many locales, this hybrid fish is referred to as a "wiper."
White bass (morone chrysops) look like miniature striped bass and are often referred to as "stripers." They often go by several other names as well: white lightning, barfish, striped bass, silver bass, striper, stripe, sandbass and sandy. White bass are now found all across North America. Find out how to put more white bass on the end of your lines with some tips and techniques.