The White Bass
White Bass (Morone chrysops) is a member of the temperate sunfish family and is known for travelling in schools. It is a freshwater fish found in rivers and lakes across the United States and is known for its spunky fighting ability and its merits as a culinary fish.
It is an important game fish in much of North America below the Mason Dixon line in the United States. Itís a small fish, but despite their moderate size, they are known for their fighting ability. The largest white bass ever caught weighed in at just over six pounds.
Above: Mason Dixon line as it was originally drawn out. The line later extended west, though there is a lot of history behind this famous latitude
Striped Bass Confusion
Adults resemble young striped bass with 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. Moreover, striped bass grow much bigger so the confusion does not last long.
Largemouth Bass have two sharp points on each gill cover, as opposed to White Bass which have one, and the second spine on the anal fin is about half the length of the third spine in striped bass, whereas it is about two-thirds the length of the third spine in white bass.
Many of the behavioural patterns and tendencies of the whiterock bass are essentially the same as the parent species. Spawning activities, for example, and angling techniques are very similar if not the sane. For additional detail beyond this page, please refer to the White Bass and striped bass pages.
The White Bass is state fish of Oklahoma. White bass provides a boost to Oklahoma's economy with an estimated one and a half million pounds of White Bass are harvested annually.
There are no fishing limits placed on them due to their short life span and high reproductive capacity. A good White Bass fishing tip is to look for circling and diving gulls as sure signs of schooling shad, which is one of their top prey fish.