Hi AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: http://www.amfish.ca) fishing vlog is about the differences between largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.
I am and always have been a bass fisherman since I was a youngster and both largemouth and smallmouth bass had me hooked on fishing very quickly! There are some key differences to note between these two species, which is why I decided to do a vlog on what the differences are with respect to habitat and how to secure each species when setting the hook.
Largemouth bass are mainly found in very thick weedy areas, with the depth they hang around in ranging from a foot right up to several feet, dependent on various factors with the main two being freshest oxygen and staying close to schools of bait fish. Smallmouth bass on the other hand do not hang out in the same areas, you will mainly find them in extremely rocky areas, filled with gravel and sand as well as sand flats, as they stay close to their number one food source which is crayfish. You will also find smallmouth in deeper water areas as well, which would also be dependent on the situation around oxygen and their second food source like bait fish.
This is one of several largemouth bass I caught, in the 3.5 to 5 pound range while fishing weed lines and cattails on a fishing trip at Lake St. Clair.
Largemouth bass will have a roaming areas of a few hundred feet or so and can be found clinging close to all types of structure, like docks, sunken trees, rocks, logs, boathouses, you name it they will be around it! All these areas are used for ambushing prey, staying cool, sunning themselves or even hiding out from predator fish. Largemouth will also hang out in schools as well, normally you will find a few in one area but can stumble upon that monster bass sitting behind a dock post ready to strike! Smallmouth bass will stay close to the rocky bottoms searching for crayfish in around all the rock pockets below. They will roam around rocky weed areas as well, but unlike the largemouth bass smallmouth will not sit deep inside the weeds like largemouth love to do.
This is by far my largest smallmouth bass ever caught, while I was dragging a tube in 15 plus feet of water on lake St. Clair. Weighed in at over 7 pounds!
Both are amazing fish specimens that out up a stellar fight, but pound for pound smallmouth bass will give you the fight of your life! A 3 pound smallmouth bass can right as tough as a 5 pound largemouth bass, as they usually feel a lot bigger than they are. Smallmouth bass have a very wide body structure with a very strong head area and jaw, which is needed for crushing crayfish. The roof of the smallmouth bass’s mouth is filled with a thick hard bone plate, kind of feels like a bunch of bumps and this is the plate that does all the crushing with that jaw strength pushing crayfish into the bone plate. Largemouth on the other hand do not have this same mouth structure, they don’t have this thick rooftop bone plate as they will eat items like worms, frogs, minnows and small panfish which they swallow whole and do not require to crush anything. Largemouth bass will flat out inhale their food not just bite at it, whereas smallmouth bass will usually investigate a bait before they strike. Smallmouth are known for following a bait along the bottom, looking at it intensely then striking at it a few times before they completely hammer it.
This largemouth bass is my biggest Canadian largemouth to date, weighed in at around the 7 pound mark and was caught on my go to bait, chartreuse spinnerbait with double Colorado nickel blades and a chartreuse twin boogie tail soft plastic trailer.