RE: NANFA-- Growth of Smallmouth Bass

Jay DeLong (
Mon, 2 Sep 2002 21:18:33 -0700

> 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.

Handbook of Freshwater Fishery Biology, Volume 2, by Kenneth D. Carlander
has a lot of information on this for smallmouth bass and other centrarchids
in the wild. Overall means given by age are:

Age 0 79 mm
Age 1 166 mm
Age 2 227 mm
Age 3 267 mm
Age 4 302 mm
Age 5 330 mm
Age 6 360 mm

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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