THE WHITE BASS
White Bass as with other true basses, the dorsal fin is clearly double, separated into spiny and soft-rayed portions. White bass are silvery shading from dark-gray or black on the back to white on the belly. Several incomplete lines or stripes run horizontally on each side of the body. Adult white bass resemble young striped bass, and the two are often confused. Striped bass have two distinct tooth patches on the back of the tongue, and white bass have one tooth patch. Striped bass have two sharp points on each gill cover that white bass do not.
WHTIE BASS HISTORY
White bass are active early spring spawners.
Males migrate upstream to spawning areas as much as a month before females.
Large females sometimes release nearly a million small eggs during the spawning season.
Eggs hatch in about 2-3 days.
White bass feed near the surface where fish, crustaceans, and emerging insects are found in abundance.
Gizzard and threadfin shad are the preferred food items.
White bass more than four years of age are rare.
WHTIE BASS DISTRIBUTION
White bass are native to the the central US west of the Appalachians, including the Great Lakes, as well as river systems in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys. In Texas the species is native to the Red River drainage.