Here’s a quick guide to reliably identifying Largemouth vs. Smallmouth Bass and more importantly, information to better understand them so you can become a more effective angler. Although both species can look overwhelmingly similar, a tournament referee or pro angler will certainly know the difference. Both baitcasters and spinning rods with medium action will work well with smallies. It has a smooth tongue. Both one of America’s favorite freshwater game fish, it seems strange that for many anglers confusion between identifying the smallmouth bass and largemouth bass still exists. Knowing what to use and why when tailoring an approach to either species of bass is simply the best way to improve your catch rate. Largies prefer warmer spots and thrive in southern lakes like. The smallmouth snapped up Iaconelli’s lures soon as they landed on the bottom at 15 feet.