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Old 06-20-2008, 10:38 AM   #1
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Is there a visual way to tell the difference between the male and female bass?
Good question, Aside from size and fat bellies....how do you tell them apart post spawn?
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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Good question, Aside from size and fat bellies....how do you tell them apart post spawn?
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If it's over 3 pounds it's most likely (95%) a sow. you can also look at the vent they are not the same. but it take some time to get good at knowing for sure.
I landed a bass with a tag and after I called in the tag information I got the bass information back in a report by mail. The bass was almost 20 years old. I think the state did scale samples when it was first tagged to come up with an age at that point.
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:52 AM   #3
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OK, you asked for it: Immediately postspawn, the males will be sleeping, and the females will be wanting to cuddle. (Prepare for backlash!) JB
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:10 AM   #4
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OK, you asked for it: Immediately postspawn, the males will be sleeping, and the females will be wanting to cuddle. (Prepare for backlash!) JB
SO TRUE!
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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OK, you asked for it: Immediately postspawn, the males will be sleeping, and the females will be wanting to cuddle. (Prepare for backlash!) JB
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:59 AM   #6
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Are there any visual indicators in this pic?


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Old 06-20-2008, 12:28 PM   #7
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I never tried.
On the larger fish I have read that most males don't get over 16". Then of course you have the well known pre/post spawn indicators.

On the small fish I read this info which I think is wrong in a lot of ways.

With a coffee straw or similar small shaped instrument, the straw should be inserted into the rear (anal) canal. If the straw enters at an angle, the fish is male. If the straw continues in an upward direction the fish is female.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:48 PM   #8
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A quick google search turned up this: Determing the sex of Bass

I found one other article from a research paper that indicted it is also nearly impossible short of tissue samples.
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:49 PM   #9
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If it's over 3 pounds it's most likely (95%) a sow. you can also look at the vent they are not the same. but it take some time to get good at knowing for sure.
I landed a bass with a tag and after I called in the tag information I got the bass information back in a report by mail. The bass was almost 20 years old. I think the state did scale samples when it was first tagged to come up with an age at that point.
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20yrs old? wow!! that mean the bass somewhere 20+lb
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:48 PM   #10
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If it's over 3 pounds it's most likely (95%) a sow. you can also look at the vent they are not the same. but it take some time to get good at knowing for sure.
I landed a bass with a tag and after I called in the tag information I got the bass information back in a report by mail. The bass was almost 20 years old. I think the state did scale samples when it was first tagged to come up with an age at that point.
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I would have to disagree; this was a fish from years ago that I thought at the time was a ten pounder. I was going to keep it and mount it; took it to the local grocery store and weighed it on certified scales. It turned out to be a six pound male! I felt just awful about killing that fish, especially because it was a male. Dave Smith has stated in another thread that willamette river males can get quite large; this was definitely one example! I have also noticed that the females seem to have a more elongated snout while the males have a more blunt and stubbier snout. Can anyone else verify or agree?
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:43 PM   #11
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Hey DJD, you were one wild looking dude back in your youth. You have aged well.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:57 AM   #12
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I read somewhere that if you look at the vent (pooper) on a bass, there are no scales around it. If the area with no scales is a perfect circle, it is a male. If it is eliptical, then it is a female.

It seems to be accurate in my experience.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:03 AM   #13
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Hey DJD, you were one wild looking dude back in your youth. You have aged well.
Thanks, I think! That pic is from summer of 93.(that would make me 38 years old!) We were fishing out of a jumbo six man military issue rubber raft and that fish dragged us all over the place! It jumped once and must have cleared the surface by at least 2 feet! It still weighed 6lbs even one hour after it was caught and the cooler was full of little bait fish it had regurgitated. That big lump in the belly turned out to be leg bones from the big bullfrogs he had been eating!
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Old 06-21-2008, 10:10 AM   #14
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DJD, That is one fat male:O
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Old 06-21-2008, 10:16 AM   #15
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that is one gimongous male
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Old 06-21-2008, 06:27 PM   #16
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"If it's over 3 pounds it's most likely (95%) a sow. you can also look at the vent they are not the same. but it take some time to get good at knowing for sure"

I too strongly disagree with this comment based on experience by my father and I fishing the spawn. Based on experience, I also believe male bass highly out number female bass.
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Old 06-21-2008, 07:06 PM   #17
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DJD, That is one fat male:O
I'm pretty sure he's talking about the fish DJD.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:33 PM   #18
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I'm pretty sure he's talking about the fish DJD.
Hey I was pretty skinny in that old picture; if I could lose half the weight Ive gained since then, I'd be pretty doggone happy. Anyone care to guess the weight of the FISHERMAN in that pic?
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:54 PM   #19
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195LB? 190(you)+5bl fish=195
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:29 AM   #20
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195LB? 190(you)+5bl fish=195
Right on the money! Well actually 196!
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:46 AM   #21
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[quote=bassnbass;2059201]20yrs old? wow!! that mean the bass somewhere 20+lb [/quote

20 year old fish does not equal 20 lbs. Was very shocked to hear that someone implied that bass live upwards of twenty years, my gut feeling tells me someone got it wrong, the average bass in oregon will die of natural causes before it gets to be much heavier then 11-12 lbs, thats why our state record is not 20 some lbs like alot of other well know monster bass fisherys , due to the lack of a long term growing season, a average bass will gain 1/2 to 3/4 lbs a year in oregon.
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