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Yellow Bass

Morone missisippiensis

Crappie Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Yellow Bass


Common Name(s):
Barfish, streaker, baitstealer
Description:
Although yellow bass are sometimes confused with white bass, there are several distinguishing characteristics. First, the belly may take on a yellow color, from which the species derives its common name. Second, unlike other temperate bass, the two lowermost stripes are distinctively broken just posterior to the middle. Also, the second and third anal spines are approximately equal in length. The yellow bass have no teeth on the tongue.
Similar Fish:
White bass, white perch
Feeding Habits:
Young fish feed primarily on fish, crustaceans, and insects. Adults often eat large quantities of fish, and may even cannibalize their own young.
Range:
The yellow bass was primarily restricted to the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. It was introduced as far west as Arizona, as far north as Wisconsin and Iowa, and as far east as central Tennessee.
Habitat:
The yellow bass prefers slower sections of larger rivers and streams and moderate to large sized lakes collecting over sand, silt, and mud flats.
Typical Size:
The yellow bass is a smaller fish and will average a length of 6 to 9 inches and will rarely break the 1 pound mark.
World Record:
2 pounds, 9 ounces (Source - IGFA)