Largemouth bass can be recognized by the lower jaw which extends passed the back edge of the eye. It is dark green on its top quarters, with silvery sides and belly. A dark stripe runs across its body. Originally from the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, the species is now found throughout North America and the world. They like large, slow moving rivers or streams with soft bottoms, and they especially like clear water. They are excellent fighters when caught on light spinning tackle. Largemouth bass have been known to reach a weight of over twenty pounds.