Peacock bass shines in brilliant blue.

Largemouth Bass vs. Cichlids: Freshwater Fish Explained

There are over 1,500 different types of cichlids found all over the world. Largemouth bass have far smaller populations, but they’re similar in behavior to cichlids. Both are territorial and ambush predators with massive appetites. They differ in appearance as well as the spawning process. On my first freshwater fishing trip in Florida, I targeted …

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A fisher gently holds a big bass in clear rocky water that nibbled a fake lizard lure.

Are Largemouth Bass Carnivores, Omnivores, or Herbivores?

Adult largemouth bass are primarily carnivores. Their diet consists of crustaceans, frogs, smaller fish, snakes, leeches, and small mammals. Younger largemouth bass are more omnivorous and will eat insects and zooplankton. As they grow older, they become carnivorous. Bass will eat almost any animal in the water. There’s a reason largemouth bass are so fun …

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A largemouth bass's mouth shines in the sun after it's set free from a fisher's hook.

How Rare is a Golden Largemouth Bass? Strange Occurrences

Golden largemouth bass are rare. Anglers have reported a few golden largemouth bass over the years, but catching them is rare. Experts say the gold color comes from a genetic mutation called Xanthism. The mutation lowers the number of black melanophores, which allows the yellow xanthophores to dominate. With more and more anglers hitting the …

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