Have you ever seen a largemouth bass eat an alligator? Neither have I.
I’m not saying it hasn’t--- or couldn’t--- happen. Predatory fish are opportunistic feeders and will eat any critter that they can catch and swallow.
Or did you know that largemouth bass “eat day and night.”
I didn’t know that either, and I know plenty of anglers who would disagree with that assessment.
I stumbled upon these two portrayals of largemouth behavior on a list of “12 Worst Invasive Fish on Earth” at Environmental Graffiti.”
In general, I agree with the list, including the inclusion of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Because they are popular game fish, and because they are so cooperative and adaptable, they have been spread well beyond their original ranges. And they will eat smaller native species.
In our own Northwest, however, they are inaccurately blamed for the demise of salmon populations, which have declined because of altered habitat and degraded water quality. While dams have provided perfect reservoir habitat for bass, they have been devastating to cold-water fisheries.
My belief is that the author of this list is either from the Canada or the United Kingdom. His descriptions certainly suggest to me that he’s not an angler and he has no personal experience with either bass species. Here is what he says about smallmouths:
“Even small mammals and snakes aren’t safe! Once this bass has its prey, there’s little chance of escape, as its mouth is lined with tiny gripping teeth that work like Velcro.”
My biggest criticism: Why aren’t Asian (bighead and silver) carp included?