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Texas Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blacktail Shiner
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldeye
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Gray Redhorse
Green Sunfish
Guadalupe Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Paddlefish
Rainbow Trout
Red Drum
Red-bellied Pacu
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Rio Grande Cichlid
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Shortnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Spotted Bass
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Sunfish
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass
Yellow Bullhead

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FishExplorer Lakes with Largemouth Bass
Alan Henry Reservoir
Lake Amistad
Lake Amon G. Carter
Aquilla Lake
Lake Arlington
Lake Arrowhead
Lake Austin
Bardwell Lake
Lake Bastrop
Belton Lake
Benbrook Lake
Braunig Lake
Lake Bridgeport
Lake Brownwood
Lake Buchanan
Caddo Lake
Calaveras Lake
Canyon Lake
Lake Casa Blanca
Cedar Creek Reservoir
Choke Canyon Reservoir
Lake Coleman
Coleto Creek Reservoir
Lake Conroe
Cooper Lake
Lake Corpus Christi
Lake Dunlap
Eagle Mountain Lake
Fairfield Lake
Falcon Reservoir
Fayette Co. Lake
Lake Fork Reservoir
Fort Phantom Hill Lake
Lake Georgetown
Gibbons Creek Reservoir
Graham Lake
Lake Granbury
Granger Lake
Grapevine Lake
Greenbelt Reservoir
Lake Houston
Inks Lake
J.B. Thomas Reservoir
Lake Jacksonville
Joe Pool Lake
Kickapoo Reservoir
Lady Bird Lake (Town)
Lake Lavon
Lake Lewisville
Lake Limestone
Lake Livingston
Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ)
Mackenzie Reservoir
McClellan Reservoir
Medina Lake
Lake Meredith
Lake Mexia
Millers Creek Reservoir
Lake Mineral Wells
Lake Nasworthy
Lake O' the Pines
O.H. Ivie
Lake Palestine
Palo Duro Reservoir
Palo Pinto Reservoir
Pat Mayse Lake
Possum Kingdom Lake
Proctor Lake
Lake Ray Hubbard
Lake Ray Roberts
Richland Chambers Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Lake
Somerville Lake
Squaw Creek Reservoir
Stillhouse Hollow
Lake Striker
Lake Tawakoni
Lake Texana
Lake Texoma
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir
Lake Travis
Lake Waco
Walter E. Long Lake (Decker)
White River Reservoir
White Rock Lake
Lake Whitney
Wichita Reservoir
Lake Worth
Wright Patman Lake
FishExplorer Rivers with Largemouth Bass
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Largemouth Bass
From the Michigan DNR:
The largemouth bass lives in shallow water habitats, among reeds, waterlilies and other vegetation. It shares these habitats with muskies, northern pike, yellow perch and bullheads. Largemouth bass are adapted to warm waters of 80-82 degree F, and are seldom found deeper than 20 feet. They prefer clear waters with no noticeable current and do not tolerate excessive turbidity and siltation. In winter they dwell on or near the lake bottom, but stay fairly active throughout the season.

Like the smallmouth bass, they spawn in late spring or early summer. The male constructs a nest on rocky or gravelly bottoms, although occasionally the eggs are deposited on leaves and rootlets of submerged vegetation. The eggs, which are smaller than those of the smallmouth bass, hatch in three to four days. The fry rise up out of the nest in five to eight days and form a tight school. This school feeds over the nest and later the nursery area while the male stands guard. The school breaks up about a month after hatching when the fry are about one inch long. Largemouth bass eat minnows, carp, and practically any other available fish species including their own. Young largemouth fall prey to yellow perch, walleyes, northern pike, and muskies. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are parasitized by the bass tapeworm, black spot and yellow grub. None are harmful to humans in cooked fish.

Identifying characteristics: (Native Fish) Two dorsal fins with a deep notch between spinous and soft-rayed portions, body longer than deep, upper jaw extends beyond rear of eye, dark lateral streak.

Largemouth Bass in Texas

Description
Largemouth bass grow 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) during their first year, 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) in two years, 16 inches (40 cm) in three years. They are usually green with dark blotches that form a horizontal stripe along the middle of the fish on either side. The underside ranges in color from light green to almost white. They have a nearly divided dorsal fin with the anterior portion containing nine spines and the posterior portion containing 12 to 13 soft rays. Their upper jaw reaches far beyond the rear margin of the eye.
Life History
Except for humans, adult largemouth bass are the top predators in the aquatic ecosystem. Fry feed primarily on zooplankton and insect larvae. At about two inches in length they become active predators. Adults feed almost exclusively on other fish and large invertebrates such as crayfish. Larger fish prey upon smaller bass.

In Texas spawning begins in the spring when water temperatures reach about 60°F. This could occur as early as February or as late as May, depending one where one is in the state. Males build the nests in two to eight feet of water. Largemouth bass prefer to nest in quieter, more vegetated water than other black bass, but will use any substrate besides soft mud, including submerged logs. As in Guadalupe bass, once the female has laid eggs in the nest (2,000 to 43,000) she is chased away by the male who then guards the precious eggs. The young, called fry, hatch in five to ten days. Fry remain in a group or "school" near the nest and under the male's watch for several days after hatching. Their lifespan is on average 16 years.

Immature largemouth bass may tend to congregate in schools, but adults are usually solitary. Sometimes several bass will gather in a very small area, but they do not interact. Largemouth bass hide among plants, roots or limbs to strike their prey.

Habitat
Largemouth bass seek protective cover such as logs, rock ledges, vegetation, and man-made structures. They prefer clear quiet water, but will survive quite well in a variety of habitats.

Other
Two subspecies of largemouth bass exist in Texas: the native Micropterus salmoides salmoides and the Florida largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides floridanus, which has been introduced into many Texas lakes. The largemouth bass is by far the most sought-after fish in Texas. When anglers were asked to "name the fish you prefer to catch in freshwater in Texas", they chose largemouth bass three to one over striped bass, four to one over white bass, nearly five to one over channel catfish, and nearly ten to one over flathead catfish and white crappie. Because of the strong interest in largemouth bass fishing, there are hundreds of bass angling clubs in Texas devoted to fishing and conservation. Bass fishing adds greatly to the Texas economy each year and largemouth bass are highly prized for their value as food. Because of the species' popularity, it has been introduced into many waters in which it did not originally occur. As with nearly all aquatic species, pollution and drought are the biggest threats to the largemouth bass population.

Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/lmb/
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