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Largemouth Bass

Florida State Freshwater Fish

Largemouth bass photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Official State Freshwater Fish of Florida

The Florida largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides floridamus) was designated the official state freshwater fish in 1975 (the Atlantic sailfish is the state saltwater fish of Florida). All State Fish

This black bass (an elongated sunfish) lives in quiet, vegetation-rich Florida waters and can grow to over 20 inches (and weigh over fifteen pounds). Adult largemouth bass are active predators in the aquatic ecosystem, feeding on other fish and large invertebrates (such as crayfish). Large bass will also prey upon smaller bass.

The Florida largemouth bass is distinguished by a deep notch in the dorsal fin - It can reach a length of more than twenty inches and weigh more than fifteen pounds. The largemouth bass is also a state symbol of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.