The Largemouth Bass, bucketmouth, hawg, bigmouth and black bass to name a few, was introduced to Idaho in the late 1800’s. These predominately lake and pond dwelling fish are located throughout Idaho and prefer warmer waters with extensive weed beds, tules, Lilly pads and other types of cover. They can be found in every region of Idaho but are primarily located in the Northern and South Western regions in major reservoirs and lower elevation lakes and ponds. Of the warmwater game fish the Largemouth bass is certainly the most highly sought after by anglers throughout the United States. The Idaho state record is 10 pounds 15 ounces, caught in Anderson Lake, a chain of lakes on the Coeur d’ Alene River. Largemouth bass can be found in North, Northcentral, Southwest, Southcentral, Southeastern, Eastern, and Central Idaho.
The Smallmouth bass, or bronzeback, is acclaimed by many sporstmen as America’s fightingest game fish. They were introduced to Idaho in the late 1800’s as part of the West’s new vision of a cornucopia. These fierce fighters are located in many of the major river systems in Idaho and prefer the cooler running water of streams and rivers. However, they have been successful at dominating many of Southwestern Idaho’s reservoirs and rivers. They are the most popular warmwater game fish in Idaho mostly because of their wide distribution and angling excitement. The state record was broken in 2006 on Dworshak Reservoir with a 9 pound, 11 and one-half ounce, bronzeback landed by the same local angler (Dan Steigers) who caught the previous state record. Smallmouth bass can be found in North, Northcentral, Southwest, Southcentral, Southeastern, Eastern, and Central Idaho.