Feeding Largemouth Bass WAS: Re: NANFA-- Collecting in New England

Dave Littlehale (rdlittle3_at_home.com)
Tue, 29 May 2001 21:18:36 -0400

> Thanks Martin. You are a pal. My 8 yr old grand daughter caught a 10
> largemouth bass and this morning by 8 am he had already eaten a goldfish
> 2 bluegills. I think it is going to eat me out of house and home. what
> i feed the largemouth. any ideas

Yes it will, and it's still small. They are predators; in the wild, they
will eat fish, frogs, baby ducks, and I think I've heard they will eat the
occassional snake. Basically, anything in the water.

Your best bet is to try to get it to eat dead fish for a couple of reasons,
cost and disease control. Ideally, the fish should have been previously
frozen. Most LFS have some type of silverside you could try. Defrost a
couple and drop one in at an angle so it will have some movement to it. It
should take it pretty quickly. If not, remove it and try again later that
day or the next. They usually don't take too much coaxing.

You should probably call the New England Aquarium and see if they are
interested in taking it off your hands at some point in the future. The
space it will eventually require and the cost of feeding it may limit how
long you can keep it.


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