Central Valley Aqua Farm is a big producer of Largemouth bass. We start out in the spring when the water temperature starts to rise by putting spawning trays into the ponds. The pair of largemouth bass will spawn and the trays would be taken out for incubation. The hatchling frys would hatch in about a week and they will start to swim, and start to take feed shortly thereafter. See the fry picture.
When the frys reached 3/4 to an inch is when they will be ready for pellet training. The batch of fingerlings will be transfered into cemented raceways to graduate into artificial feed. During this process, there will be many fingerlings that could not convert and a big mortality rate as a result. However, the ones that does survival will be grown out into adult fish and sold to our fish brokers.
Largemouth bass 2-3" fingerlings
The largemouth bass is one of the most popular game and sport fish in the United States. Largemouth bass is considered the trophy fish in most California ponds and lakes, and is usually the top predator. Many of the record sized bass were taken from privately owned ponds and lakes.
Young bass grow rapidly when food is plentiful. Usually a 2"- 4" bass will reach 6"- 8" the first year, 10"- 12" the second year and will be 12"- 14" or more after three years. Largemouth bass usually live 6 - 10 years but some will live as long as 15 years. In California, largemouth bass usually reach spawning size in their second year at 9"- 12". Spawning usually begins in March or Apirl when water temperatures are from 60 - 72 degrees. A second spawn can occur in late June to July. A sudden drop in water temperature of only 10 - 12 degrees is sufficient to kill the eggs or newly hatched fry. They are considered risky fish to cultivate at an early age.
Largemouth bass feed on a variety of animal life. Since bass are so active, the feed to flesh conversion is approximately 6 - 8 pounds of consumed food for one pound of flesh gain. A variety of sizes of largemouth bass are normally available in the Spring (March - May) and in the fall (Sept. - Nov.). Although, we sell most of our bass to the live Asian markets, a portion of our largemouth bass that were trained to eat commercial fish food for accelerated growth and easy feeding are sold for pond stocking. They make good fish to stock recreational ponds for fishing because they will readily take moving bait as well as artificial feed.