Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)

Bass (/bæs/; pl.: bass) is a generic common name shared by many species of ray-finned fish from the large clade Percomorpha, mainly belonging to the orders Perciformes and Moroniformes, encompassing both freshwater and marine species. The word bass comes from Middle English bars, meaning "perch",[1] despite that none of the commonly referred bass species belong to the perch family Percidae.


Lateolabrax japonicus

Other species known as bass

For other fish called "bass", see Sea bass.

Micropterus salmoides — largemouth bass with assorted sunfish

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


Main article: Bass fishing

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Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass are the most popular game fish in North America.[3]

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

When fishing, lures (Bass worms), live bait, spinner baits, jig bait or crank bait will work well. 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.
  3. ^ "Top 5 Most Popular Game Fish in America [Freshwater & Saltwater]".