Morone chrysops (Rafinesque, 1820)
member of the Temperate Bass Family (Percichthydiae)
Mississippi River, Houston County, Minnesota 5 October 1992
In a Name?
(Moe-rone´-ay) meaning unknown
Do They Live?
White bass occur in the Minnesota, lower Mississippi, and lower St. Croix drainages. They have turned up recently in the southern portion of the Red River drainage. White bass inhabit large rivers and river lakes, where they favor clear water with some current over sandy or rocky bottoms with little to no vegetation.
Big Do They Get?
Do They Eat?
The white bass is a life-long carnivore (meat-eater). As larvae, they begin with waterfleas and copepods but quickly begin to include insect larvae and even larval fish, especially carp. Adults continue to include waterfleas and insect larvae and add sideswimmers and a wide array of fishes (including gizzard shad, yellow perch, crappies, sunfish, trout-perch, brook silversides, and minnows). White bass travel in schools, feeding as they move.
Do They Reproduce?
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Text by Gary L. Phillips, Nicole Paulson & Jay T. Hatch in cooperation with
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Maintained by Jay T. Hatch
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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Last updated 23 October 2002