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Black Basses

Florida is home to several species of bass, including largemouth bass, Choctaw bass, Suwannee bass, shoal bass and spotted bass.

Largemouth Bass Tagging Studies

Tagging studies help biologists learn about largemouth bass populations and associated fishing activity throughout Florida.

Scientists Recognize New Bass Species in Florida Waters

The Choctaw bass, which was long mistaken for spotted bass, is found in coastal rivers along the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama.

Chipola River Habitat Critical to Shoal Bass Spawning

Biologists report the results of a study investigating shoal bass spawning behavior and habitat in the Chipola River.

Lake Surveys Collect Fishery Data

Anglers describe their fishing habits to aid biologists in researching and monitoring Lakes Dora and Beauclair.

Stocked Bass Learn Survival Skills

Researchers experiment with new hatchery procedures to better prepare young largemouth bass for the perils of the wild.

Largemouth Bass Virus (LMBV) and Its Effects on Largemouth Bass Resources in Florida

What is LMBV and what happens when fish become infected? Is it a concern in Florida? This article chronicles what we currently know about LMBV and its effects on Florida's largemouth bass populations.

Stocking Evaluation of Hatchery-Reared Largemouth Bass in Lake Talquin

Largemouth bass were stocked in Lake Talquin, Florida, from 2000 to 2002. This study evaluated those efforts.

Black Basses FAQ

Do you have questions about black bass species? Read the black basses FAQ for answers.

What do Florida Largemouth Bass Need to Reach Trophy Size?

Biologists discuss what factors contribute to the growth of trophy-sized Florida largemouth bass.

FWC Facts:
Panthers are carnivores - meaning they eat meat only. A panther's diet includes deer, wild hogs, raccoons, armadillos, rabbits and even small alligators.

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