Scales from four regions of the body of largemouth bass were compared for efficacy in estimating fish length at the time of scale formation and at capture. The scales from above and below the lateral line in the pectoral and caudal peduncle regions yielded intercepts of 64.73, 52.36, 19.77 and 25.81 respectively for the total length-scale radius relationship. These intercept values represent the fish length at the time of scale formation. By the regression of estimated lengths at capture on empirical lengths it was found that the caudal peduncle scales were better suited in predicting fish length.
Jackson, Donald C. and Kilambi, Raj V.
"Selection of Scales for Growth Analysis of Largemouth Bass,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 37
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol37/iss1/11