Largemouth Bass
Appearance: The most sought-after freshwater fish in Texas, the Largemouth Bass is distinctive in appearance due to its dark green coloration and patchy horizontal stripe that runs the length of its body.

Size: On average, Largemouth Bass caught in most Texas waters run 2 to 4 pounds. However, some lakes are known to average fish in the 5 to 8 pound class and most Texas lakes are capable of producing double-digit fish.

Where it's found: Largemouth Bass are found practically everywhere in Texas, from small ponds and creeks to major rivers and reservoirs.

What it eats: Largemouth Bass have a voracious appetite and a variety of other fish, as well as crustaceans, reptiles, amphibians and even birds.  

Top lures & baits: Few Texas fishermen fish for Largemouth Bass with natural baits, but those that do swear by shiners, shad and waterdogs. Artificials lures that will tempt Largemouth Bass include artificial worms and lizards, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and topwater plugs.

How it tastes: Largemouth Bass, particularly smaller specimens, are actually pretty good on the table. However, due to a strong catch-and-release ethic among bass fishermen, Largemouth Bass are rarely retained for eating.

Texas Bag & Size Limits: 5 fish bag/14 inch minimum length (*NOTE: Many water bodies have tighter limits than the statewide limits. Be sure to check for any local limits before retaining fish.)