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Fish Identification

White Bass

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White Bass
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Common Name: White Bass

Scientific Name: Morone Chrysops

Fish Family: Moronidae

Other Names: white lightning, barfish, striped bass, silver bass, striper, stripe, sandbass, and sandy; French: Bar blanc

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White Bass caught by Luis Arnao White Bass caught by Marty Furseth White Bass caught by Dalton Morris White Bass caught by Corey Anderson White Bass caught by shawn woodruff
Overall silvery in life; in preserved fish, back and upper sides olive gra) shading to white on lower head and belly. Sides with 6-7 horizontal, dark stripes. Vertical fins pigmented; little or no pigment on paired fins.
In Wisconsin the white bass occurs in the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan drainage basins. It is found in the bays of Lake Michigan, and particularly in southern Green Bay. The white bass is common in large lakes and rivers of the southern half of Wisconsin.
Spawning occurs from late April to June, and is tem- perature dependent. High temperatures early in the season were associated with an early run, and a rapid rise in temperatures was correlated with an increase in the intensity of spawning and with a shorter spawning period. White bass apparently prefer the running water of tributary streams for spawning.

State White Bass Records:

  • Illinois State Record:
    4 lbs 14 ozs caught by Bruce Wilson caught on Kaskaskia River on October 7, 1981.
  • Indiana State Record:
    4 lbs 3 ozs caught by James Wagner caught on Lake Freeman on January 1, 1965.
  • Iowa State Record:
    3 lbs 14 ozs caught by Bill Born caught on West Okoboji on May 1, 1972.
  • Michigan State Record:
    6 lbs 11 ozs caught by David Kraushaar caught on Lake Huron/Sag. Bay on January 1, 1989.
  • Michigan State Record:
    10 lbs 12 ozs caught by Jeff Van Broklin caught on Kalamazoo River on January 1, 1996.
  • Minnesota State Record:
    4 lbs 2 ozs caught on Mississippi River on May 4, 2004.
  • Wisconsin State Record:
    4 lbs 6 ozs caught on Okauchee Lake, Waukesha County on September 24, 1977.
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