Loading....
WDFW LogoWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife
  HELP | EMPLOYMENT | NEWS | CONTACT  
WDFW LogoFishing & Shellfishing
Go to Fish Washington
Welcome to
FISH WASHINGTON
Largemouth bass

Lakes by County

Adams County

  • Cow Lake
  • Herman Lake
  • Shiner Lake
  • Sprague Lake
  • Benton County

  • Columbia Park Pond
  • Lake Wallula
  • Mitchell Pond
  • Mound Pond
  • Palmer Pond
  • Switch Pond
  • Yellepit Pond
  • Chelan County

  • Black Lake
  • Dry Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Lake Chelan
  • Roses Lake
  • Wapato Lake
  • Clallam County

  • Beaver Lake
  • Dickey Lake
  • Ozette Lake
  • Clark County

  • Battle Ground Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Klineline Pond
  • Lacamas Lake
  • Vancouver Lake
  • Cowlitz County

  • Kress Lake
  • Lake Sacajawea
  • Silver Lake
  • Douglas County

  • Big Bow Lake
  • Hideaway Lake
  • Lake Entiat
  • Lake Pateros
  • Pit Lake
  • Putters Lake
  • Ferry County

  • Curlew Lake
  • Lake Ellen
  • Franklin County

  • Clark Pond
  • Dalton Lake
  • Emma Lake
  • Mesa Lake
  • Powerline Lake
  • Scooteney Reservoir
  • Thompson Seep North
  • Thompson Seep South
  • Worth Lake
  • Grant County

  • Ancient Lake South
  • Banks Lake
  • Billy Clapp Lake
  • Evergreen Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Lower Goose Lake
  • Moses Lake
  • Potholes Reservoir
  • Soda Lake
  • Stan Coffin Lake
  • Upper Goose Lake
  • Grays Harbor County

  • Duck Lake
  • Failor Lake
  • Lake Aberdeen
  • Sylvia Lake
  • Vance Creek Pond 1 (Bowers Lake)
  • Vance Creek Pond 2 (Lake Inez)
  • Island County

  • Cranberry Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Lone Lake
  • Jefferson County

  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Leland Lake
  • Ludlow Lake
  • Sandy Shore Lake
  • King County

  • Angle Lake
  • Bass Lake
  • Beaver Lake - Sammamish
  • Bitter Lake
  • Cottage Lake
  • Deep Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Fivemile Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Haller Lake
  • Holm Lake
  • Lake Alice
  • Lake Boren
  • Lake Desire
  • Lake Dolloff
  • Lake Fenwick
  • Lake Geneva
  • Lake Killarney
  • Lake Margaret
  • Lake Meridian
  • Lake Morton
  • Lake Number 12
  • Lake Sammamish
  • Lake Sawyer
  • Lake Union
  • Lake Washington
  • Langlois Lake
  • Larsen Lake
  • North Lake
  • Phantom Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Shadow Lake
  • Shady Lake
  • Spring Lake
  • Star Lake
  • Steele Lake
  • Tradition Lake
  • Trout Lake
  • Walker Lake
  • Wilderness Lake
  • Kitsap County

  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Island Lake
  • Kitsap Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Wildcat Lake
  • Wye Lake
  • Kittitas County

  • Fio Rito N
  • Fio Rito S
  • Mattoon Lake
  • Woodhouse Pond
  • Klickitat County

  • Horsethief Lake
  • Lake Umatilla
  • Rowland Lake
  • Lewis County

  • Carlisle Lake
  • Hayes Lake
  • Mayfield Lake
  • Mineral Lake
  • Plummer Lake
  • South Lewis County Park Pond
  • Lincoln County

  • Coffee Pot Lake
  • Deer Springs Lake
  • Twin Lakes - Lower
  • Twin Lakes - Upper
  • Mason County

  • Benson Lake
  • Devereaux Lake
  • Isabella Lake
  • Island Lake
  • Lake Limerick
  • Lost Lake
  • Mason Lake
  • Nahwatzel Lake
  • Phillips Lake
  • Spencer Lake
  • Tee Lake
  • Tiger Lake
  • Okanogan County

  • Conconully Lake
  • Conconully Reservoir
  • Leader Lake
  • Palmer Lake
  • Patterson Lake
  • Spectacle Lake
  • Wannacut Lake
  • Washburn Island Pond
  • Whitestone Lake
  • Pacific County

  • Black Lake
  • Loomis Lake
  • Pend Oreille County

  • Boundary Reservoir
  • Box Canyon Reservoir
  • Davis Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Fan Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Lake Leo
  • Marshall Lake
  • Nile Lake
  • Sacheen Lake
  • Pierce County

  • Alder Lake
  • American Lake
  • Bay Lake
  • Bonney Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Florence Lake
  • Harts Lake
  • Lake Bradley
  • Lake Kapowsin
  • Lake Tapps
  • Ohop Lake
  • Rapjohn Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Spanaway Lake
  • Tanwax Lake
  • Waughop Lake
  • San Juan County

  • Cascade Lake
  • Egg Lake
  • Hummel Lake
  • Sportsman Lake
  • Skagit County

  • Beaver Lake
  • Big Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Grandy Lake
  • Heart Lake
  • Lake Campbell
  • Lake Cavanaugh
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake McMurray
  • Whistle Lake
  • Skamania County

  • Ashes Lake
  • Ice House Lake
  • Tunnel Lake
  • Snohomish County

  • Ballinger Lake
  • Blackmans Lake
  • Bosworth Lake
  • Cassidy Lake
  • Chain Lake
  • Crabapple Lake
  • Cresent Lake
  • Flowing Lake
  • Gissburg Ponds
  • Kellogg Lake
  • Lake Goodwin
  • Lake Howard
  • Lake Ketchum
  • Lake Ki
  • Lake Loma
  • Lake Roesiger
  • Lake Serene
  • Lake Shoecraft
  • Lake Stevens
  • Lost (Devilís) Lake
  • Martha Alderwood Manor
  • Martha Warm Beach
  • Panther Lake
  • Riley Lake
  • Scriber Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Stickney Lake
  • Storm Lake
  • Temple Pond
  • Tye Lake
  • Wagner Lake
  • Spokane County

  • Bear Lake
  • Bonnie Lake
  • Chapman Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Downs Lake
  • Eloika Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Liberty Lake
  • Newman Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Stevens County

  • Coffin Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Franklin Roosevelt Lake
  • Heritage Lake
  • Jumpoff Joe Lake
  • Lake Gillette
  • Lake Sherry
  • Lake Spokane
  • Lake Thomas
  • Loon Lake
  • Pepoon Lake
  • Pierre Lake
  • Waitts Lake
  • Thurston County

  • Black Lake
  • Chambers Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Hicks Lake
  • Lake Lawrence
  • Long Lake
  • Long's Pond
  • McIntosh Lake
  • Offutt Lake
  • Pattison Lake
  • St. Clair Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Ward Lake
  • Walla Walla County

  • Bennington Lake
  • Whatcom County

  • Cain Lake
  • Lake Fazon
  • Lake Samish
  • Lake Terrell
  • Lake Whatcom
  • Toad Lake
  • Wiser Lake
  • Whitman County

  • Rock Lake
  • Yakima County

  • Elton Pond North
  • Granger Pond
  • I-82 Pond 1
  • I-82 Pond 2
  • I-82 Pond 3
  • I-82 Pond 4
  • I-82 Pond 5
  • I-82 Pond 6
  • I-82 Pond 7
  • Myron Lake
  • Reflection Pond
  • Rotary Lake
  • Information & Facts

    Largemouth bass - Duane RaverSpecies Name
    Largemouth bass
    (Micropterus salmoides)

    Common Names
    Black bass, brown bass, green bass, widemouth bass, bigmouth, bucketmouth,†black trout, as well as the more regionally specific Florida bass or Florida largemouth.

    Size Range
    Average 12-15 inches. Largemouth bass can grow 17-20+ inches in quality populations.†Contrary to popular belief, there is little difference in the growth or size of bass between eastern and western Washington.

    State Record
    11.57 lbs; Carl Pruitt; Banks Lake, Grant County; April 9, 1977

    Description
    Largemouth bass is a member of the sunfish family, though larger than those species considered "panfish".† Together with six other species of bass, they make up the group typically known as the black basses.† Other than the largemouth, the only other member of the black basses in Washington is the similar looking smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu.† Largemouth bass are less "flattened" and are longer than other sunfishes.† They usually have a general greenish-black color to them, with a prominent dark horizontal band along their midline, whereas smallmouth bass are more of a brownish-green color with subdued dark vertical bands.† Also, with their mouth closed, the maxillary (upper lip) of the largemouth bass extends fully past their eye, whereas in a smallmouth bass, it will reach only the middle of the eye.

    Where to fish for Largemouth bass
    Most of the lowland lakes and ponds across Washington have been planted with bass at some point during the past 100 years, both legally and illegally.†To hone your bass fishing skills, you can choose most any lake or pond near your home and be almost guaranteed some success.†Of course there are many lakes throughout Washington that are well known quality bass waters.

    How to fish for Largemouth bass
    Largemouth bass are one of the most popular game fish in the United States and there are probably more shapes, sizes, colors, and types of fishing gear available for largemouth bass than any other species.† The same can probably be said for fishing techniques. The type of gear you choose will depend upon water temperature and clarity, as well as the type of structure you are fishing around.† The key to successful bass fishing is to understand the seasonal and daily movements that bass make, and to choose your gear and fishing techniques accordingly.

    Largemouth bass generally inhabit areas of dense cover around fallen trees, brush piles, and thick vegetative cover.† Small fish will eat zooplankton and insects, but their diet will switch over to fish at a small size.† Adult bass consume a wide variety of prey items from fish and insects to small rodents, birds, and some amphibians and the best lures mimic their favorite prey items.

    In cold water, slow presentation works best.† Look for calm water areas and, if possible, areas that are in the sun.† Baits like a jig-and-pig, Texas-rigged plastic worms, spinner baits, and crankbaits with a fast wobble work good when fished slowly.† It takes a little more effort to coax a bass to bite in cold water, so work an area of cover methodically and completely before moving on.† In warmer water when the bass are shallow, jerk baits, shallow running crankbaits, and top water baits can work well early in the morning.† Later in the day, try plastic worms, grubs, and tube baits around creeks or in slightly deeper water as bass move away from the shore.† There are a lot of good rod/reel combos available, choose appropriately based on the baits you are using, but in general a 7'6" rod is sufficient, with a spinning reel for throwing plastics and spoons, and a baitcasting reel for jigs and plugs.

    Fly fishing for bass is increasing in popularity and there is a lot of information available on this sport.† An 8 foot, 5 or 6-weight rod is sufficient, using deer hair poppers, streamers, or foam bodied hoppers.† Large flies resembling a dragon fly can be productive as well. The internet has scores of information on bass fishing.