Life Under The Lilly Pads

Largemouth bass prefer calm, undisturbed, clear, clean water with abundant vegetation.  The range of water they prefer to live in water usually no deeper than 2.5 meters, but conditions do occur when they will live in much deeper water (ex. during winter months).  The vegetation the largemouth bass lives in or in fishing terms called "cover" in the body of water is crucial to the Largemouth’s habitat because it provides shelter and protection from predators, and it provides a home for the bass’ prey.  This "cover" which can range from fallen trees, weeds, aquatic plants, to a beaver dam.  There are around 150 native aquatic species in Minnesota alone.  Some of the plants are Northern watermilfoil, coontail, Canada waterweed, white water lily, and spatterdock.  Aquatic plants and vegetation will change greatly with different geographical environments.  The species named above are native Minnesota and common to the Midwest. 


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Largemouth bass can be found in association with many types of fish including, sunfish, bluegills, perch, walleye, northern pike and many more.  The largemouth bass growing up is a plentiful food source for other aquatic organisms, but as an adult it’s a top predator in the ecosystem.  They play an important role in maintaining the balance of the animals below them in the food chain.  As an adult, predators consist of snapping turtles, great herons, eagles, and humans. 


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