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    How Long do Bass Live?
from t.r. (  
7/16/2001 12:47:00 PM


 Does anyone know where I can find data on the life expectancy of Largemouth in different sections of the country? I know it varies depending on depth, temp, current, etc., but was just looking for general info.


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   How Long Do Bass Live? from Big Red (  7/16/2001 2:47:00 PM
 About 25 seconds after you shoot them on the bed with a .22. Or around 1 minute when you filet them alive over the side of the boat.

   Read that in In Fisherman, I think from TNBill  7/16/2001 5:06:00 PM
  Largemouth can live 20+ years, Smallmouth a little less, I think 18. This is under ideal conditions and about half that is supposed to be average in wild. Around here (TN) I think it take about three years to grow a one pounder. EVERYTHING will effect this of course. Sorry I do not remember exact #'s.

   In Louisiana... from Won Hunglo  7/16/2001 7:16:00 PM
 Once the bass reaches 14 inches on Toledo Bend he never hits the live well. That is what the ice chest is for. I don't like it but hey, it's the fisherman's legal right to harvest legal size fish within the bag limit. Next time you are on the Bend just listen for the dreaded "CRUNCH! FLOP! FLOP!" as another bass hits the ice.

   they have all been dead ten years from beartrap (  7/16/2001 8:46:00 PM
 and there can't be any left....if you believe those mortality studies that take fish released in summer tournaments and confine them in a couldn't be that sonar grass poison either....

   Bass life from Rick La Point - Chauffeured GuideService  7/16/2001 9:29:00 PM
 A Bass hasn't lived till they taste the great taste of KNB. Tastes great! More After Taste

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   Looks like a stumper. from t.r. (  7/17/2001 8:42:00 AM
 Wow. I thought someone here would know the answer. I'll tell you the answer is NOT until they've eaten KnB. I've gotten KnB in my mouth and its not something I look forward to again.

   bass and there age from Biker (  7/17/2001 9:50:00 AM
  i found this @ bassmaster, it was about tidel bass= Because these bass are constantly fighting the current as the tides rise and fall, they tend to expend more energy than reservoir-bound largemouths. Therefore, believes Markham, they die at a much younger age. Sampling efforts have shown that bass rarely live past nine years.

   I read the same thing. from t.r. (  7/17/2001 12:47:00 PM

That article is what made me first think about this. I've also read that bass in the warmer south may not live as long, either, because of the warm weather all year 'round, the bass have no dormant period and die quicker.

Thanks for the info.

   Maximum bass age. from Ralph Manns  7/17/2001 2:26:00 PM
 As TNBIll noted, I ran a blurb in the I-F Apr '93 issue noting the capture of a previously tagged bass from New York State that was at least 23 years old and possible 24 years old. This appears to remain the oldest documented largemouth. Until this report, the oldest LMB was believed to be about 18 years old.

The bass was 23 inches long and 6.78 pounds. It illustrates a biological rule that seems to apply to bass: growth and longevity are incompatable. Long bass life results when growth is slow. Length and weight comes with faster growth, but a shorter lifespan. Despite the attempts of biologists to raise super-size lunkers, this growth relationship likely limits the ultimate maximum size of bass. If they get really big, they are likely to die sooner.

As for various areas of the country, routine biological samples collected prior to publication of Carlander's Handbook of Freshwater Fishery biology, Vol II in 1977, found several 15 year old bass in WI , 13 year olds in NJ, and an unidentified north-eastern state, an 11 yer old in OR, NC, LA, TX and an unspecified mid-western state. But, these findings pre-dated the rash of super-lunkers created by stocking of Florida strain bass in Texas and California waters. Unfortunately I haven't data on the ages of more recently caught bass in my files.

   Thanks, Ralph from t.r. (  7/17/2001 3:13:00 PM

   Old Bass from Jon Pski (  7/17/2001 5:07:00 PM
 I have been reading a electrofishing survey report published by our Dept of Environmental Protection (DEP) and it reveals that most all bass sampled in Connecticut lakes lived to about 12 or 13 years. They were also coming into adulthood, 12" at around age 4.



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