The lifespan of bass species is strongly dictated by region. 

  • Smallmouth live between 6 and 12 years on average, with few reaching a 15-year maximum. 
  • Largemouth found in the northern United States typically live much longer lives (12 to 15 years) than largemouth in the southern portion of the country (10 to 12 years). 
  • The oldest known largemouth was 23-years-old and lived in New York.