You've asked a question that even some of our better, northern states'
conservation officers have trouble answering without using a reference
picture, or a scale-sample to use as an aid. Suffice it to say that
differences are really minimal, and are hard to distinguish.
A "Florida Strain" Largemouth Bass generally has very well defined,
darker, vertical & horizontal lateral lines, than its' northern
Their pectoral & anterior dorsal fins are also more nearly vertically
and somewhat larger than the northern strain Largemouth Bass, whose
are most generally located just forward of the anterior dorsal fin.
Their normal water-temperature tolerances, generally limits their
range to the southern and extreme southwestern tier of states, without
aid of a year-round natural or man-made warm-water supply.
The successful natural and human-aided hybridizing of the original
Strain Largemouth Bass has led to many of our now commonly accepted
Largemouth Bass sub-species. (Suwanee, Spotted, etc.) Making it
yet for most lay persons to easily distinguish the differences between
at a quick glance.
Finally; because of the extended growing period in their natural
warmer climate, they generally grow much larger, and very much quicker,
any of their cousins from the north. A "good-sized" Largemouth Bass
in Florida or California can easily exceed 16 to 18 pounds. A "HUGE"
Northern Largemouth Bass may be up in the 10 to 12 pound range.
North, South, East, or West; one thing about them all, does remain
They are an awful lot of fun to catch, and, just fishing for them,
some of us anyway) become an lifelong addiction. Just have fun catching
Florida strain bass have lateral lines that are often darker than
variety, and the bodies tend to be more "football shaped". The also
like a smallmouth!
These bass were introduced in Texan and other southern states to
weaker bass populations.
Due to the warmer climate of the south, these bass will often breed
a year unlike the nothern bass who breed only in April/May.
This is a great question. There is not a lot of difference between
The Florida strain bass is thicker through the tail and has more
our normal large mouth bass. The coloration is the same. Most people
not be able to tell the difference.
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