White Bass

Dark gray to black on the back, with bright silvery sides and white belly. The sides have dark stripes or lines (about 5 are above the lateral line). There are 13 or 14 rays in the dorsal fin, and 11 to 13 in the anal fin. Body strongly compressed from side to side, forehead is dished and snout is slightly turned up.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Morone chrysops
CLASSIFICATION
Fish
LIFE SPAN
4-15 Years
SIZE
6-19 ” | 1-4 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

White Bass are native to midwestern North America from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. They have been introduced extensively throughout North America. In Nevada, White Bass are common to Washoe Lake, Lahontan Reservoir, and the Humboldt River system. It is well adapted to lakes and reservoirs, preferring shallower habitats.

Threats

  • Larger Fish

Natural History

A member of the temperate bass family, the White Bass, is a relative of the striped bass, yellow bass and white perch. They are open water migratory fish that are most active at dusk and dawn and can be found across the United States. White bass spawn on rocky shoals of freshwater lakes or reservoirs. Without pairing up or building nests, once the eggs are laid and fertilized, the adults return to deeper water and the eggs usually hatch in 2 days.