Re: NANFA-- large mouth bass
Mon, 25 Sep 2000 17:35:18 EDT

In a message dated 9/25/2000 3:08:36 PM, writes:

<< I would like to ask the group if any has seen any evidence that would
indicate to them that there is a dwarf or at least smaller variety of large
mouth bass? I have noticed some subtle coloration differences also but I
don't know if they are connected with a small variety or not. The small bass
seem to be found in small streams, but not ponds. I have seen bass full of
eggs at 6 to 8 inches long. in these streams larger bass are not found. >>

I think that it is an environmental effect. River bass, both largemouth and
smallmouth, are never as big as lake fish. Also there is a big difference
between northern range bass and those in the South. Florida and now
transplanted to Texas and California Largemouth bass seem to be a different
strain that grows much larger, beyond just the warmer climate effect. Color
and markings vary considerably with environment and age.

Lee Harper

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