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What is the difference between Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass?

Asked by E. Reyes, Last updated: Oct 21, 2020

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J. Harty

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Answered Oct 21, 2020

There are some people who may think that largemouth and smallmouth bass are the same. One of the things that you will see is that largemouth bass will come with a broad stripe that can run horizontally. Smallmouth bass will not have that. The smallmouth bass will have some lines that are running vertically.

The smallmouth bass will have some marks that will go to the medium point of the eye. A largemouth bass, on the other hand, will have some marks that will go beyond the medium point of the eye. You need to be aware of their features so that you will be able to distinguish their differences.

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E.Evelyn

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Answered Feb 27, 2020

The smallmouth bass and the largemouth bass are found in different geographical locations. The smallmouth thrives better in wide-open places, while the largemouth likes water bodies with weeds and logs. Smallmouth prefers their water being clear and fast plus gravels at the bottom, while largemouth will prefer more cluttered water with less current.

Largemouth bass also prefers water bodies with higher temperature, while the smallmouth actually prefers water bodies with lower temperature. Largemouth bass has their upper jaws extended beyond their eyes, which brings about their name.

Smallmouth bass, on the contrary, has smaller jaws, and the lines do not extend beyond their eyes. Generally, the largemouth weighs heavier than the smallmouth with a ratio of about 12 pounds to 7 pounds.

The smallmouth bass usually moves in groups with others of similar size, while the largemouths usually swim individually. Largemouths are known to always swim close to the top of the water, while smallmouth bass swims in the deeper part.
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