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Question by bigfishguy. Uploaded on April 30, 2010
The female bass is the one seen cashing the alimony checks. At first glance though, in clear water, if you are fishing and can see what looks like round holes (nests) on the bottom with a fish in it, that is where the female bass are bedding. I do not like to disturb bass bedding myself but they are easy to catch on the bed. They will attack almost anything that invades and poses a threat to the nest. Generally the female will have a bit of a pot belly and a male will be smaller and more trim.
On beds, the females are larger, by a lot usually, they also don't stay as long, the males build the nest, protect it, and then protect the fry for a bit. The females basically just cruise in for a few days (varies a lot) and lay eggs.
Aside from spring time, the females are just plain bigger. Where a northern strain male may reach about 4lbs in its lifetime (that would be a huge, realllly old male btw), a female northern strain largemouth can reach 10lbs or more (not usually though, if it was, we wouldn't take trips to Florida).
Its pretty much the same for all bass species, the females are bigger. There really isn't a surefire way to tell apart from cutting them open otherwise.
Female bass have larger mouths.
I would say size, females being the bigger but that's not always a 100% guaranteed.
good call, buckhunter!
buckhunter: do they really? How much larger, any sort of relation to the eye as far as jaw length? Say its a 12 inch fish, is it a 1/4 inch jaw difference, 1/8th? Just wicked interested.
vt, I was joking but there is some truth to my statement. Most larger bass found in fisheries are female bass.
belly full of eggs is the females
Oh. well you had me there, makes sense now though. Your right about the size thing. All about sexual dimorphism.
stick your finger up its little hole and if you feel something its a male.
also if it is bleeding from its fins it is a male
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