Bill Dance Outdoors
Bill's Blog

A Formula For “Guesstimating” Weight

Posted: April 17th, 2013 by Bill Dance

Oh, when it comes to the size of the fish we catch, we fisherman may stretch the truth now and then. But there is a guideline for standard body length and weight. The American Fisheries Society (AFS), has removed some of the guesswork by setting national standards for the “average” weight of an “average” bass in an “average” body of water. These averages can vary some according to the growing season, water quality, type of forage and other factors. For example, relative weights may be higher in Alabama than, say, Pennsylvania, Ohio or Minnesota. However, a general standard, a baseline for monitoring fish, would look like this:

Target Weights by Length

Length / Weight

8 inches 5 oz.
9 inches 7 oz.
10 inches 9 oz.
11 inches 11 oz.
12 inches 14 oz.
13 inches 1 lb., 3 oz.
14 inches 1 lb., 7 oz.
15 inches 1 lb., 13 oz.
16 inches 2 lb., 4 oz.
17 inches 2 lb., 12 oz.
18 inches 3 lb., 4 oz.
19 inches 3 lb., 14 oz.
20 inches 4 lb., 9 oz.
21 inches 5 lb., 6 oz.
22 inches 6 lb., 4 oz.
23 inches 7 lb., 3 oz.
24 inches 8 lb., 4 oz.

As always, catch one for me!

Bill Dance


Post Your Catch

Upload your trophy bass photo (or any other fish) to BillDanceOutdoors.com! Or, post comments about other photos submitted by Bill Dance fans.



Bill Dance is one of the most recognizable names and brands in fishing and outdoor gear. Please browse through our selection of superior products that proudly carry the Bill Dance name.


© 2008-2023 Bill Dance Outdoors. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Notice of Accessibility
Site by q new media.

Home  |  Facebook  |  YouTube  |  Instagram  |  Twitter