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Characteristics of a lake that has lots of 9-13 inch bass....

8/6/20 @ 10:48 PM
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n.pike
n.pike
User since 4/2/02
Up north, there is some really good bass fishing...however, there are also plenty of lakes where there are a LOT of bass, but they all seem to run a pretty small size (9-13 inches).

I've found that lakes that have a steady drop off into about 20-30 feet, water that is clear for the first 4 feet or so, but after that- your lure disappears into the abyss, no weeds or noticeable rocks-just some tiny little pad like plants on the edges and under 30 acres-are often full of small bass and some bluegill, but nothing really else. 

What are some characteristics you've noticed in lakes that have a lot of bass-but small? 

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8/14/20 @ 8:35 AM
Fish4Musky
Fish4Musky
User since 6/18/13

There are multiple factors to size structure of any species in a particular body of water. If there is overpopulation they will be stunted. If the predation rate is low (from humans or other natural predators) then it will raise the population will grow to unhealthy levels. Also the forage base needs to be abundant enough to create bigger fish. If they are competing with other species for a food base they will stunt out as well. Water temps,genetics,and other environmental factors also matter.  The Florida comment below is also a little wrong in that they are a different strain of bass. They grow larger because of their genetics mostly. Florida strain bass don’t survive if the water gets to cold. The size of the water system also matters. 

8/10/20 @ 12:10 AM
n.pike
n.pike
User since 4/2/02

Great point about the northerns. The bass lakes that I find with stunted bass have no northerns that I've encountered.

Here's the thing...when I moved up north I thought some of the best bass lakes would be the ones way out in the woods. Hard to get to and little pressure. 

In my experience, if these lakes have bass (and no pike), the bass are numerous, yet mostly 10-12 inches. So, I agree, some predator fish is probably a really good thing.

Or, harvest. I personally do not harvest any fish, but I see that lakes with light pressure, but some harvest usually are the best. In my experience. 

8/9/20 @ 11:45 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

A couple of lakes I fish in the southern part of the state have no size limit or have a 14-18 inch slot, or a 12-16 inch slot that you can't keep them.  All of these lakes have one or two things in common:  very clear water and lots of stunted bluegills in them as well. The lakes are also very weedy.  I love eating bass out of these lakes.  Bass that are 12 to 14 inches are my favorite eating.  I fished a lake up north while on vacation this year that didn't have a size limit.  We kept them between 12 and 14 inches and grilled them.  They were as good as any other fish I had up there, if not better!

8/9/20 @ 7:48 PM
frideyschld
MEMBER since 8/16/10

As I understand it bass grow  ( on an average) of 1 inch per year up this way due to the extreme fluctuation  of water  temps (75-80 in summer.. 30's in winter under ice)..look at some of those beasts they catch in FLA  with the  year round water temps there..

I also have to at least consider the reason more and more lakes in the northwoods  are stocked with bass is because of the depletion of the walleyes. This smallie  measured just under 21 "...biggest one I ever caught I believe

8/9/20 @ 11:53 AM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12

NPike I frequent a lake exactly as you describe.  28 years ago the size limit on bass was 14 or 15 whatever but we caught 20 bass a day and all under the limit right around 13 inch.  This went on for years then the dnr changed the ruleon this lake to no size limit.  Big changes took place.  Someone put some northern pike into the lake and soon we had trophy bass fishing ctching 18-20 inch bass.  Based on that experience I would say you need possible need higherpredation rate

8/9/20 @ 7:02 AM
jumpsteady
User since 12/25/01

How's the Northerns?

If you're casting spinnerbaits,then you have to hook a Pike every once in awhile.

Are they mostly Hammerhandles?

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