Bass (fish)

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This article is about the fish. For other uses, see Bass (disambiguation).
Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)

Bass (/ˈbæs/ BASS) is a 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]

For other fish called "bass", see Sea bass (disambiguation).
Micropterus salmoides — largemouth bass with assorted sunfish

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


Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are the most popular game fish in North America.

It is also very popular in South Africa where the largemouth bass is often found in lakes, rivers, creeks, and dams.

When fishing, lures or live bait will work. Lures that mimic baitfish, worms, crayfish, frogs, and mice are 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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