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 or bucketmouth
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 inflatables
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