Largemouth Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides): Recognising Largemouth Black Bass
  • The Largemouth Bass is a dark green freshwater fish with a pale underside and rounded tail fin.
  • It lives in ponds and dams with clear water and overgrown banks. These fish do not like very cold or acidic water.









Largemouth Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides): From introduction to invasion
  • The Largemouth Bass occurs naturally in rivers and lakes throughout North America.
  • South Africa has very few indigenous freshwater fish that are suitable for angling. Therefore fish like bass and trout, which are good angling fish with tasty flesh, were introduced to the country from the northern hemisphere.
  • Bass thrive in a wide range of freshwater habitats, from streams to rivers and dams, and have therefore spread widely through South Africa.
  • The Largemouth Bass is an aggressive predator and has had a devastating effect on populations of small indigenous fish, even causing the local extinction of some species.








Largemouth Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides): Controlling Largemouth Black Bass:
  • People remove bass by fishing, using seine nets and fish-specific poisons, draining water bodies and removing the fish, and building barriers like weirs to prevent them spreading.









Largemouth Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
Terrestrial plants:      Aquatic plants Terrestrial animals: Aquatic animals
Kikuyu Grass Water Hyacinth Argentine Ant Largemouth Black Bass
Port Jackson Willow Parrot's Feather European Starling Common Carp
Rooikrans Spanish Reed Feral Cat European Mallard