pictured above, is perhaps Minnesota's second most sought-after species,
taking a backseat only to the walleye. Similar in appearance to the
the surest way to tell the two apart is by closely looking at the closed
mouth. If the upper jaw extends past the eye, the fish is a largemouth.
If the jaw stops in the middle of the eye, it is a smallmouth. The fish
pictured below was 21-inches long and weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. It was released immediately after
being photographed. The Minnesota state record largemouth bass, caught in
2005, weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and the state record smallmouth weighed
8 pounds, 0 ounces
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of Jay T. Hatch,
Natural History of Minnesota Fishes. Reprinted with permission.
Photo courtesy of Gary Becker,
Fishing League .