Bass fishing is a tremendously popular outdoor sport. It’s enjoyed by people all over the country, in solo fishing expeditions or the large bass fishing tournaments. When first starting out, it’s helpful to know a little about the different types of bass and where they can be found.
Black Bass and True Bass are the two main categories of bass fish. The Black Bass is the more commonly known freshwater species and is in reality a type of Sunfish. The Black Bass does includes the subspecies of largemouth, smallmouth, Guadalupe and Spotted Bass. The large and smallmouth Bass can be found everywhere in the US and Canada. These types of Bass can get quite large, with some up to twenty pounds. The Guadalupe is found in parts of Texas, while the Spotted Bass is found in in the southern parts of the US and can easily be found in the Mississippi river basin. Rivers, lakes and small streams of all kinds are all good places to find these types Bass fish.
True Bass include the Temperate Bass and the Sea Bass, with subspecies most living in the oceans, with the exception of the White and Yellow Bass subspecies. The Striped Bass, another subspecies, is common to the southern Atlantic regions. The Giant Sea Bass is native to the Pacific Ocean, and can reach the enormous size of up to 8 feet long and weigh over 500 pounds! However, because of over fishing, the Giant Sea Bass are currently protected as an endangered species.