Jul 102011

“Oh yea I caught a few three pounders and a couple fives yesterday on the creek…  It was an alright day of fishing…”

STOP:  There is nothing that makes my blood boil more than the statement above or any of the many variations you’ll hear when talking to other anglers in Pennsylvania.

It seems that if you have 2011 Pennsylvania fishing license and the ability to cast a line you are guaranteed multiple three pound or larger bass on every trip.  At least that’s what you’d believe if you’d listen to what other anglers are saying…

I’m writing this article as a wake up call.  For all of you that think 12″ Largemouth Bass are three pound bass I have news for you.  You’re wrong.  I’d even venture that fat 18″ Largemouth Bass aren’t three pounders.  In fact, three pound Bass generally aren’t something you catch often in PA.

Now I could brag about the beautiful Largemouth Bass I happened to catch today and how it is by far the best fish I’ve caught this year and how it was 21″ and weight a little over three pounds but I’m going to be humble.

I know catching a REAL three pound Largemouth Bass in PA doesn’t happen on every trip so I figure I’ll be a sport and show you what one looks like.

Picture of a 3lb big mouth bass caught in Montgomery county PA

3lb 21" Largemouth do exist in Montgomery County

Now that is what a three pound PA Largemouth Bass looks like.  Yes they do exist in Montgomery County.

As a rule of thumb:  If the fish isn’t as wide as your shoulders you probably don’t have a three pound bass.

And for those of you who throw monster baits hoping that the one giant fish of the lake will take your lure let me teach you something else.  This three pound bucketmouth was caught on a little 3″ black Gary Yamamoto Senko on a size 1 hook.


Are you rocking three and five pound fish in PA?  Am I just being a grumpy di*k?  Let us know in the comments below!



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  • That’s why I never suggest how much a fish weighs. I haven’t a clue. And I don’t worry about it much, either. But thanks for the visual! Nice lookin’ fish.

    • The Functioning Fishaholics

      Thanks. I’m a bit of a stats junkie (: I love keeping records and cataloging details about the fish.

  • Jody

    A fat 18 inch bass is 3lbs I think. My best of the year was a post-spawn 20 incher, she went 4-15. Not in PA though.

    • The Functioning Fishaholics

      In this case I bow to the expert (: I guess I could see pre spawn throwing it off a bit but this 21″ was chunky for up here and just over lb

  • I’ll say this, that 3lber you are holding up is the skinniest bass I’ve seen in a loong time! Tell her to eat up!

    • The Functioning Fishaholics

      We pulled in one once that was post spawn the belly was like a sheet of paper it was soo thin. We told her to go eat some McDonalds and quickly returned her to the water.

  • It’s probably a regional thing depending on how much there is to eat. Around here, healthy 18 inch fish should be very close to 3 pounds. If it is as skinny as that fish you have, it’ll only go 2lb. If it’s real fat, it might hit 3.5lb.

    I share your frustration with people who have no idea what a fish weighs. Chalk it up to inexperience or fish tales.

    • Joe

      From pa

  • I am not a big fan of people telling me how much a fish weighed. Unless they carry a scale in their pocket, their weight is a mere “guesstimate”. Let me know inches, then fill in the rest with adjectives (skinny, meaty, broad, torpedo, football…etc).

    • The Functioning Fishaholics

      Is it sick that I want to start taking length, girth, and weight measurents for every fish I catch and record them over the years? I really think my calling may have been missed going into IT…

  • Joe

    Most negative thing i have ever read! I regularly catch 5-7lb monsters in pa and surrounding states and have the pics to prove it! U just need to know how to target the big girls

    • Lyric Derbin

      But he’s talking about the people who are NOT and saying they ARE

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