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4.4 lbs in 3 years?

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I was fishing at my uncles pond the other day and I caught a 4.4 lb LMB. They only put the pond in three years ago, and they stocked it like 2 months after that with baby bass. Is it normal for a bass to grow that big that fast? For dimensions, it was 18 inches long, but I wasn't able to measure girth due to forgetting my tape measurer.. Durr.. So, I took a ruler and measured from the bottom of its belly to the top of its back and it was a little under 6 inches. I put her back in though so don't worry  :). I want to catch its babies and maybe that fish again in another year.  :)

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That is probably about right for a healthy pond out where you live. If that was So Cal then that would be a small fish for its age. Out here 2lbs a year is normal.

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you need some trout  ;)

Oh yeah.  The MO. Conservation Dept. stocked some trout in a couple of the lakes near my house, and one of the lakes already had a pretty good bass population.  Guess what, nobody has caught a trout since spring and the bass look a lot healthier.

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Alrighty, I'll let them know they need some trout  8-). One thing that got me thinking was the population of small bullheads in the lake. There are at least 50 6"-8" bullheads in the pond. Would LMB eat these?

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give them some shakes with protein , multodextrin and multivitamins

They ll grow huge

;D

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http://www.geocities.com/rdvtavssvjnm/SPORTS/PHOTOSx.html

Based on the chart at the bottom of the linked page, and I don't know the source of the information, what you described is virtually impossible. It's much more likely that someone did a little "midnight stocking."

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I don't think there's any way a bass can get to over 4 lbs in 3 years in MN.  I've seen the avg growth chart for IL.  Don't remember exactly, but I believe it would take 6 or 7 years to get to that size.  

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That page didn't work...

Sorry the page didn't work. My friend is the owner of that site and I asked where the information came from, and he said it was from In-Fisherman. Since the page didn't work for you, here's what it said.

LARGEMOUTH GROWTH CHART!

NUMBER OF YEARS TO REACH 10 INCHES

TENNESSEE 2 YRS.

CONNECTICUT 3 YRS.

MINNESOTA 3 YRS.

FLORIDA 2 YRS.

CALIFORNIA 2 YRS.

YEARS TO REACH 15 INCHES

TENNESSEE 4 TO 5 YRS.

CONNECTICUT 6 YRS.

MINNESOTA 8 YRS.

FLORIDA 4 YRS.

CALIFORNIA 3 YRS.

YEARS TO REACH 20 INCHES

TENNESSEE 8 YRS.

CONNECTICUT 10 YRS.

MINNESOTA 12 TO 15 YRS.

FLORIDA 6 TO 7 YRS.

CALIFORNIA 4 TO 6 YRS.

RELATE THE STATES AND SIZES CLOSEST TO YOU.

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It must have been that crazy Iowa strain bass :P. Well maybe someone snuck a few in, but it's highly unlikely. You can't see their pond from any of the roads except their own driveway...Maybe they bought Cali-strain bass ;D? That's even more unlikely because they don't have a lot of fishing knowledge. Oh well. I still caught my PB so I'm happy 8-). I just wish I could get pics up. I'll try to put the pics up on this coming Sunday. (It's on their camera...)

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http://www.geocities.com/rdvtavssvjnm/SPORTS/PHOTOSx.html

Based on the chart at the bottom of the linked page, and I don't know the source of the information, what you described is virtually impossible. It's much more likely that someone did a little "midnight stocking."

Yes, indeed.

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That is a fast growth rate but I somewhat disagree with the other one.  I also fish in Iowa mostly and it seems 3 yr old fish normal are about 13-15 inches.  The only reason I believe this is because this is the size I catch.  I know many of the ponds I fish are stocked by others throwing in big fish, but its easy to tell a year class when you catch a bunch of them.  Take care of that pond too because they are a blast to fish.  

Corey

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5lbs, 6ozs--20" in 2 years.

4lbs, 9ozs--21" in two years.

Both of those Bass were caught from the same State owned and managed Public Fishing Area lake here in middle GA. The lake was filled and stocked for the first time a little over two years ago. In addition to panfish and catfish, it was stocked with female F1 Bass and females only. The DNR told me they are growing at about 2.2lbs per year and those two give creedance to that. The Bass are 'catch and release' only in that PFA. They hope that the females will grow faster and achieve heavier weights due to not going thru spawns..................lesbian Bass anyone ;D?

Dan

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