Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass


The largemouth bass has dark horizontal band along center of body. Jawbone extends beyond the back of the eye when mouth is closed. The two dorsal fins are nearly separated or deeply notched. Up to 20 pounds; 1 to 6 pounds typical.


Moderately clear to turbid, quiet, warm waters around vegetation and near logs, trees, brush and stumps. Spawning activity begins when water reaches  63-68 degrees.


Best fishing early morning or early evening in warm weather summer months. Will strike artificial baits including crankbaits, spinner baits, jigs, poppers, and plastic worms, lizards or crayfish; also nightcrawlers and frogs.

Size and Creel Limits

To encourage the growth of trophy-size bass, Connestee Falls enforces the following limits based on recommendations from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission:

Under 14 inches: up to 2 per day; * each angler is encouraged to harvest this limit.
Over 14 inches: one fish per day. *
DAILY TOTAL: No more than 3 fish, but only one fish over 14 inches.

Additional Information

The dominant carnivorous fish in our lakes.