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What do you feel constitutes an average, good or great day bass fishing broken down into an hourly average? Whether it’s 4,6,8 hours fished. 
For me, 1-2 per hour for average, 3 per for good and anything over that would be great for me. 

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Really depends on time of year, time of day, weather, etc. If we were just going to say an average day. 2-3 an hour, but I would rather catch one big one (5+) as opposed to 7 or 8 little ones. Give me a couple 5's or better in a day and I am happy.

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1 hour ago, SC53 said:

What do you feel constitutes an average, good or great day broken down into an hourly average? Whether it’s 4,6,8 hours fished. 
For me, 1-2 per hour for average, 3 per for good and anything over that would be great for me. 

Same here. I have had 50 to 120 fish days but that's a rarity over the 54 years I've been fishing.

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Fishing time is limited for me and I typically only sneak fishing in while my daughter is at track practice from 6:30 am - 7:40 am or so. My goal during that time is to catch a limit (14"+) ... every once in a while I will, but on average I catch about 2 keepers and 3-4 dinks.

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I would say 3 fish an hour if they are decent 5 an hour if they are dinks would be goid for me. My best day last year was 25 in 3 hours but the size was 2 and under. My 2nd best day was 15 in 3 hours but 12 were 3-5lbs. Ill take the second day.

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Catch rate per man hour is a common fishery management tool to determine the health rate of the ecosystem. 

Check with your local fishery management and they can tell you exactly what catch rates at public lakes you fish?

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Depends on the lake. Some lakes I fish, I could go an hour or more between fish, but they’ll be larger than average. Other places, like when I’m on Georgian Bay in the summer, my son and I can get easily 30-50 an hour, and many of them are over 3lbs. In mid summer on “the bay”, if I’m not exploring and looking for new structures to fish, and if the weather is just what I’d like to have, I’d be very disappointed if I didn’t average over 20 bass an hour. 

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2 hours ago, N Florida Mike said:

My best ever ratio was 10 per hour. It’s usually 4-5 an hour for me.


I would estimate this to be pretty accurate for me too. Usually it’s not 10/hour for 4 hours straight. Seems like it comes and goes more in waves of good fishing and then periods of slower fishing.

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Haha I'm happy if its over 3 per hour for me, but my local lake is small and has lots of pressure. It never is easy. My local spotted bass lake sometimes provides a little better action. Anything over 10+ per hour is pretty dang good!

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You can look up state averages of fish per hour catch rates. The last I looked was around 1.3 per man for all fish  species.

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How many bass I catch an hour depends on where I am fishing, and what size bass I am fishing for. Have had awesome bass fishing trips where I have caught over 60 bass in less than an hour and several +100 bass days. South Florida is very unique and has an extremely healthy fishery. With that said any day I get to bass fish is a good fishing trip regardless how many bass I catch.

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My average number of bass caught per hour fished, across all the places I fished for each of the last three years was 2.17, 2.19, and 1.88. But it varies greatly by location. 

 

At an average place, for the duration of a 3-hour or longer trip, I'd say less than 1/hour is a disappointment, 2/hour is satisfying, 3/hour is pretty good, and 4 or more is great.

 

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Yes it definitely depends on the lake and time of year you’re fishing. But based on the responses so far, the averages seem to be what I experience and expected from others. 

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Tournament fishing changes the way you look at this question.  You need less than one fish per hour to win the Bassmaster Classic and 100 short fish is the same as being skunked.

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10 hours ago, WRB said:

The last I looked was around 1.3 per man for all fish  species

 

Obviously the muskie ratio is pulling this down because there is no person on this planet that is regularly catching 1.3 muskies per man an hour.

1 hour ago, Tennessee Boy said:

Tournament fishing changes the way you look at this question.  You need less than one fish per hour to win the Bassmaster Classic and 100 short fish is the same as being skunked.

 

But 100 dinks in MLF and you'd win!

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23 minutes ago, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

Then again, the average angler isn’t targeting musky

 

I agree, its not for everyone and it has a very narrow demographic of anglers.

 

Is panfish included too?  You can catch hundreds of sunfish and crappies in a single outing sometimes.

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44 minutes ago, gimruis said:

 

I agree, its not for everyone and it has a very narrow demographic of anglers.

 

Is panfish included too?  You can catch hundreds of sunfish and crappies in a single outing sometimes.

The ever-biting bluegill has passed many afternoons for me that would have been skunks 

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