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new lake bass growth rates

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We built a lake on our west Tennessee property in 2006 and stocked the bream in the fall of 2006 and the fathead minnows in April 2007 and the florida bass, which were 1 1/2" to 2", on June 17th this year. We caught a few this past weekend, most were 7" to 8 1/2", one was 9 1/4". I was wondering if anyone had any information on the growth rates of bass.9inchbass.jpg

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sorry i cant answer your question...but they seem to be growing pretty quick, and look very healthy...good job

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I just got this from a web site..hope fully it helps....

   "Growth rates are highly variable with differences attributed mainly to their food supply and length of growing season. Female bass live longer than males and are much more likely to reach trophy size. By age two or three, females grow much faster than male bass. Males seldom exceed 16 inches, while females frequently surpass 22 inches. At five years of age females may be twice the weight of males. One-year old bass average about seven inches in length and grow to an adult size of 10 inches in about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 years. The oldest bass from Florida whose age has been determined by fisheries biologists was 16 year of age. Generally, trophy bass (10 pounds and larger) are about 10 years old. The formula used by Florida scientists to estimate weight based on length and girth is: log(weight, in grams) = -4.83 + 1.923 x log(total length, in mm) + 1.157 x log(girth, in mm). Click here for an automated formula, and here to determine how to properly measure your fish."

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