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White Bass

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Crappie Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

White Bass


Common Name(s):
Striped bass, silver bass, rock bass
Description:
As with other true basses, the dorsal fin is clearly double, separated into spiny and soft-rayed portions. White bass are silvery shading from dark-gray or black on the back to white on the belly. Several incomplete lines or stripes run horizontally on each side of the body. Adults resemble young striped bass, and the two are often confused. However, striped bass have two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue, and white bass have one tooth patch.
Similar Fish:
Striped bass, yellow bass
Feeding Habits:
The smaller bass concentrate on worms, mollusks, insects, fry, and crustaceans, while larger bass concentrate on minnows such as small shad, shiners, and chubs.
Range:
The white bass can be found in the Mississippi River basin and its tributaries. It has been stocked in many other areas in the US, and in many Midwestern lakes.
Habitat:
The white bass prefers open water in larger, clear and cool lakes and rivers. They prefer a temperature of 55-65 degrees with a rocky or gravelly bottom.
Typical Size:
The average size for an adult white bass is 1/2 to 2 pounds and 6 to 14 inches in length.
World Record:
6 pounds, 13 ounces (Source - IGFA)