Alexis Sylvester of Mobile, Grade 4-6 Winner
David Duggan of Pinson, Grade 7-9 Winner
Connery Carson of Birmingham, Grade 10-12 Winner and Winner of "Best of Show"
by Alexis Sylvester
The largemouth bass lives in a place where there are weeds, rocks and logs. It lives in fresh water. It sometimes lives in the logs and sometimes behind weeds and behind the rocks.
It looks dark at the top and light at the bottom. It has a line going down the middle of its body. It has a large mouth.
We can help the largemouth bass if we do not throw nothing in the water. We can also save the largemouth by picking up trash. You can stop putting trash in the water, and the largemouth bass will live longer.
by David Duggan
I have been fishing since I was 2 years old, but I have never caught a fish as big as the largemouth bass. I have seen them in Logan Martin Lake before catching other fish. I do wish I could catch on of the most sought after fish in the South!
The largemouth bass is mostly found east of the Rocky Mountains, but it has been introduced in California, Mexico, and South America for sport. It stays in calm waters, like streams, ponds, lakes and reservoirs. A bass will eat anything it can fit in its mouth, such as other fish, frogs, crayfish and, sometimes, small ducklings. The largemouth bass can live to be 23 years old, can grow to be 22 pounds, and be as long as 38 inches. The largest largemouth bass in Texas was caught in 1992. It was 18.18 pounds, and 25.5 inches in length.
The largemouth bass spawns from February to May, only in waters that are around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. When the female lays her eggs, the male will chase the female and protect the eggs. When the eggs hatch 5-10 days later, the young fish will move in a school under the protection of the father for several more days.
The largemouth bass is one of fishing's biggest icons of the western part of the world. It is going to be one of the most sought after fish to catch for generations to come.
"The Largemouth Bass"
by Connery Carson
The largemouth bass is a well known freshwater fish that is found in every state throughout America except Alaska. It thrives in the Southeastern states of the U.S. where it grows the largest and can also be found in ponds and streams stretching far south into Mexico.
Largemouth bass usually spawn in warm waters. Because of the range in temperature, bass in Florida spawn in February, while the largemouths in a colder climate may not spawn until June.
The two subspecies of largemouth bass are the northern and Florida largemouths. The main difference between the two is that the Florida largemouth grows much faster. Therefore a trophy bass found in the northern states may be six pounds, while a Largemouth caught in Florida could easily weigh twelve pounds. Also, those found in streams will generally be smaller than those in lakes. This is because the largemouth must use more energy fighting the strong current. The largest bass currently on record was caught in Georgia's Montgomery Lake in 1932, weighing twenty-two pounds and four ounces.
When the female lays her eggs, she leaves the male to guard them until the young are old enough to leave the nest. Male bass will strike at anything that swims their way. Common foods of the largemouth include other fish, crayfish, insects, and frogs, though male largemouths will even strike at snakes, turtles, mice, and small birds. They like to feed at dropoffs during dawn and dusk, but do not linger in bright, sunny areas. They also seek deep weeds and flooded timber. Largemouths will feed in shallow currents, but usually only if they can find some cover to break the water flow. As in lakes, bass will devour almost anything that comes their way, mostly small minnows.
The largemouth bass is a very popular fish, especially to anglers, and can be found in most American waterways. The diversity of the fish is what makes it so interesting and enjoyable to anglers and artists alike.