Bass (fish)

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Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)

Bass (/bæs/) is a common name shared by many species of fish. The term encompasses both freshwater and marine species, all belonging to the large order Perciformes or perch-like fishes. The word bass comes from Middle English bars, meaning 'perch'.[1]


Other species known as bass[edit]

Micropterus salmoides — largemouth bass with assorted sunfish

Many species are also known as basses,[2] including:


Black basses, especially largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, are the most popular game fish in North America.

Bass fishing is also very popular in South Africa. In the country, introduced largemouth bass is often found in lakes, rivers, creeks, and dams.

When fishing, lures (bass worms) or live bait will work. Fishing lures that mimic baitfish, worms, crayfish, frogs and even water mice are also all effective.


  1. ^ "Bass1". American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Archived from the original on 2005-01-13.
  2. ^ "List of Common Names with bass". FishBase. Retrieved 6 June 2006.

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