Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

White Bass
Morone chrysops
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: White bass are our most common, only native temperate bass. It has a silvery, typically flat body with 3 stair-stepped anal fin spines, 2 separate dorsal fins, broken horizontal lines along the sides, and 1 tooth patch on base of tongue. They often feed near the surface where prey fish, small crustaceans, and emerging stages of aquatic insects concentrate. Gizzard shad are the staple food item for adults. White bass are a schooling fish and move rapidly about in pursuit of small fish which will leap from the water to avoid capture during a feeding frenzy. Boat anglers are often "on the watch" for gulls, that are feeding on surfacing, injured shad, in order to locate white bass schools. They are one of the top 5 commonly sought-after sport fish.
Family: Temperate Bass
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Most common in Platte and Republican river systems and reservoirs.


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