The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a
species of fish in the sunfish family. It is also known as the
black bass, Oswego bass, green trout, bigmouth bass, lineside bass
The largemouth is marked by a series of dark,
sometimes black, blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along
each flank. The upper jaw (maxilla) of a largemouth bass extends
beyond the rear margin of the orbit. The largemouth is the largest
of the black basses, reaching a maximum recorded overall length of
97 cm (38 in), and a maximum recorded weight of 10 kg (22¼ lb). The
fish can live as long as 23 years.
The juvenile largemouth bass consumes mostly
zooplankton and insects. Adults consume smaller fish, crayfish, and
frogs. In larger lakes and reservoirs, adult bass occupy deeper
water than younger fish, and shift to a diet consisting almost
entirely of smaller fish like shad, trout, ciscoes, shiners, and
sunfish. Prey items can be as large as 25 to 35% of the bass's body
length. Largemouth bass have even been reported to take small
birds, small mammals, such as mice and rats and small snakes. Under
overhead cover such as overhanging banks, brush, or submerged
structure such as weedbeds and drop-offs, the largemouth bass will
use its senses of smell, sight, vibration and hearing to attack and
seize its prey. It can sometimes hold up to 5 sunfish in its mouth.
Adult largemouth generally are apex predators within their habitat
but they are preyed upon by many animals while young.
Busse Laake is located S. of Higgins Rd. between
Interstate 290 (Rt. 53) and Arlington Heights Rd. Total area 590
acres. Depths to 14 feet. Three separate bodies of water: North
Pool (25 acres); South Pool (146 acres); Main Pool (419 acres).
Sailboats, canoes, and rowboats are permitted on the Main Lake and
on the South Pool. Wheelchair ramps from parking lots to the
fishing walls. Fishes stocked are: Largemouth bass, bluegill,
bullhead, northern pike, walleye, sunfishes, crappie and channel
catfish. Boat rental available. Bass size limit — 14 inches.
Walleye size limit — 18 inches.
Warning: If you are planning on hunting this
series with your own boat, please be sure that you do not
have a Gas Motor on your boat, Electric motors are
allowed. Also, certain inflatables are allowed, you
may want to check the restrictions on
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