Striped Bass

Body olive-green above, shading through silvery on sides to white on belly with brassy reflection. There are 7 to 8 longitudinal dark stripes following the scale rows. A spiny dorsal fin is barely separated from a soft dorsal fin. The tail is forked and the body is cylindrical in shape. The fish can become very large with some specimens larger than 50 pounds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Morone saxatilis
CLASSIFICATION
Fish
LIFE SPAN
10-12 Years
SIZE
18-49 ” | 8-63 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Unprotected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Striped Bass are native to the Atlantic Ocean, especially near the eastern seaboard of North America. They have been successfully introduced into a select number of large freshwater lakes and reservoirs. Striped Bass occur in only a few of the larger lakes in Nevada including Lake Mead and Lake Mohave.

Threats

  • Predation from carp eating eggs during spawn

Natural History

Once primarily an ocean fish, the Stripped Bass was discovered to be a viable reservoir fish after upriver spawning migrations landlocked some individual during dam construction. Stripped Bass have now been introduced to many reservoirs across the United States. They have become a popular sport fish as well as a control predator in waters with invasive populations.