NANFA-- Growth of Smallmouth Bass

Wally Billingham (
Mon, 2 Sep 2002 22:06:58 -0400

Can anyone tell me, the average growth rates of Smallmouth Bass? I have seen
Life History Reports of other species that say fish "x" will grow to 3 inches
in its first year, 10 inches its second and so on, but I have not been able to
find out anything like this for Smallmouth. I have successfully raised one
from a tiny fry less than a week old, that is now about 2.5" and I am
wondering how quickly it will continue to grow. I do realize that it will not
see winter, and this will make it grow quicker.

Anyone have any ideas/input? Ever tried it? I discovered that bass fry are
quite hard to raise and that they like to kill each other until you only have
one dominate one left. The smallmouth fry have also grown much slower than the
largemouth fry which also seem to be far less agressive toward each other than
the smallmouth are.

Thanks in advance,
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