What Do Smallmouth Bass Eat?

What do smallmouth bass eat?  Pretty much anything they want.

After all they are the honey badgers of the fish world and will eat anything, anywhere and at any time.

What do smallmouth bass eat?

The diet of the smallmouth bass varies depending on the body of water you are talking about.  Crayfish are the primary souce of nutrition in many areas.  This can vary a lot, depending on available forage.  For example, in Lake Erie it is now estimated that the round Goby constitutes 90% of the smallmouth diet.

Watch this video as this Maine fisherman rescues a smallmouth bass who bit off more than he could chew!

In addition, smallmouths will eat baitfish, worms, insects and anything that they can root around for.

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