Food Of Adult Largemouth Bass In A Small Impoundment With Dense Aquatic Vegetation.

Stomachs of 240 adult largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) taken from a small impoundment with abundant aquatic vegetation, were evacuated and their contents examined. Thirty percent of the bass had empty stomachs. Crayfish, bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), and young-of-year largemouth bass were the predominant food items. Electivity values (E) indicated negative selection for bluegill and positive selection for young bass. Dense, aquatic macrophytes are probably the major factor influencing the feeding behavior of these bass.

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