Age and Growth of Three Black Bass Species in Pickwick Reservoir

The age and growth of 454 smallmouth bass, 371 largemouth bass, and 119 spotted bass were determined. When compared to other bodies of water smallmouth bass growth was exceptional, while largemouth bass and spotted bass growth was relatively slow. Distinct sexual differences in growth were not shown; however, sexual differences in longevity and survival were noted. Length-weight relations were calculated for each species and sex from 506 smallmouth bass, 414 largemollth bass, and 134 spotted hass specimens. Differences by species and sex were noted in the calculated length-weight relations.

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