The white bass is also called Morone chrysops. Its common names are stripe, silver bass, striper, sand bass, and barfish. It looks close to a bigger relative, the striped bass that is shortened. Its color is a silver-white. It has five to eight stripes on the side of it that are a dusty black color. The stripes below the middle line are lighter and sometimes broken up in a weird pattern.
They live in large lakes and streams that are connected to major river systems. They like clear water 65 to 75 degrees. White Bass are piscivorous. They feed on zooplankton fish. Within a few weeks, larger crustaceans amd insects are eaten. Bigger fish prefer to feed on minnows and thrive on open - water baitfish like gizzards and threadfin. Similar to the striper, the White bass move in schools and feed the most heavily around dawn and dusk.
White Bass may live up to 10 years although few live beyond three or four. Females grow a little faster than the male and probably live longer than the males. The average weight is about one pound. Fish over two pounds are considered big.
White Bass are hard hitting and fierce fighting. Their agressiveness combined with their schooling tendency make them one of the easiest to fish for. Tips to White Bass anglers should include: use light tackle for maximum enjoyment; use flies, spinners, small plugs or minnows for bait; and locate feeding schools that usually occur toward evening in shallow areas. The skin is similar to that of the striped bass and may be prepared by stewing, broiling, baking, or frying
The world record for White Bass is 6 pounds,13 ounces, caught in Lake Orange, in Orange, Virginia, in 1989. The state record is 4 pounds, 11 ounces caught in Apalachicola River in 1892.
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