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Houghton Lake, MI 48629

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Largemouth Bass can be distinguished from Smallmouth Bass by the upper lip, which in the Largemouth extends behind the eye when the mouth is closed. In the Smallmouth, the lip extends just to the rear of the eye.

The Largemouth Bass is a voracious eater and a good fighter on sport tackle.
Largemouth prefer the quiet waters of lakes and ponds, but may also be found in slow stretches of rivers.
The preferred habitat is around some type of structure such as weed beds, stumps, logs and other cover.


Early in the season, Largemouth generally will be found in shallow water.
As the water warms, they will mover into cooler, deeper waters.


Largemouth may be caught by casting, using crankbaits, spinners, jugs, rubber worms or top water baits, by fly fishing with poppers or streamer flies, and by still-fishing with night crawlers, minnows, crayfish or frogs. Fish close to the structures.

Largemouth will usually grab the bait, whether natural or artificial , in one gulp so be prepared to set the hook immediately. For live bait, the best hook size will be a long-shank No. 2 or No. 2/0.Casting or spinning rods of medium light to medium weight equipped with standard reels with 8- to 12-pound test line are good for Largemouth. In areas of heavy log and tree cover, the angler may wish to go to 15- to 20-pound test line to pull free from snags. The best fly rods to handle large popping bugs are 81/2 to 9 feet Largemouth Bass sometimes put on a spectacular jumping display, so be ready for some explosive action.