The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is arguably the most popular freshwater sportfish in Delaware. That's no surprise, given a bass' ability to "put up a good fight" with an angler, often leaping acrobatically out of the water.
They can also be relatively easy to catch by anglers of all experience levels if you understand their habits and know how to best present a lure or bait. Largemouth bass fishing tournaments are popular in Delaware's public ponds and tidal rivers, with events held between April and November.
Most bass fishing groups encourage catch and release and implement measures to minimize stress to fish caught during tournaments (see "Tournament Tips" below). The Division of Fish & Wildlife considers largemouth bass populations a high priority and active management is necessary for maintaining a viable fishery.
Bass anglers provide catch data through the Division's tournament reporting program and have been supportive of management efforts by donating resources and service to improve habitat or aid with stocking. Cooperative stewardship efforts such as these are important if Delaware's bass populations are to continue providing great fishing opportunities for all the state's anglers.
(Largemouth bass image by Duane Raver)
Delaware B.A.S.S. Nation's 2015 High School State Champs from the Sussex Technical High School Bass Fishing Team
(Photo courtesy of Jason Muir)
- Tournament Schedule
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change as additional tournaments may be scheduled.
Maryland Largemouth Bass Tournament Page