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SOME INTERESTING BASS INFORMATION

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STANDARD WEIGHTS FOR LARGEMOUTH BASS

These weights given by the American Fisheries Society represent optimum goals which, in practice, can vary due to a variety of factors such as strain of Bass (Northern, Florida or F1 "hybrid"), region, length of growing season, elevation, water temperature and quality, and numbers and types of forage available.

BASS Length in inches BASS Weight in pounds and ounces
8" 5oz
9" 7oz
10" 9oz
11" 11oz
12" 14oz
13" 1lb 3oz
14" 1lb 7oz
15" 1lb 13oz
16" 2lb 4oz
17" 2lb 12oz
18" 3lb 4oz
19" 3lb 14oz
20" 4lb 9oz
21" 5lb 6oz
22" 6lb 4oz
23" 7lb 3oz

 

MAXIMUM SIZES OF FORAGE/ FODDER FISH A LARGEMOUTH BASS CAN SWALLOW

These are important factors to consider when stocking Bluegill, Bream or other Bass fingerlings in waters with an established Bass population.

Bass Length in inches Bluegill/ Bream forage Length in inches Bass forage Length in inches
8.5" 2.89" 4.72"
10.5" 3.51" 5.71"
12.5" 4.09" 6.65"
14.5" 4.76" 7.72"
16.5" 5.72" 9.80"
18.5" 6.67" 10.94"
20.5" 7.60" 11.73"
22.5" 8.77" 13.98"

Yellowfish and Trout forage lengths will be similar to lengths for Bass forage set out above, perhaps slightly longer due to a slimmer profile. Reading the two above tables together shows that a 16.5", 2.5lb Bass will easily manage a 9" Trout type lure!