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Morone Mississippiensis - Yellow Bass

Yellow Bass

Yellow Bass (Morone Mississippiensis) is known by the names Barfish, Brassy Bass, Stripe, Striped Bass, Streaker, Yellowjack, Jack, Streaks and Gold Bass. In appearance, it looks very similar to the white perch, with the white perch not having any stripes. There is nothing surprising about the yellow bass in terms of feeding, habitat or its feeding habits from any other fresh water bass.


Yellow Bass Scientific Classification


Yellow Bass are a popular light-tackle fish and usually lumped into the category of pan fish due to its size and culinary quality. With white flaky flesh, it is also a good food fish that is considered on par with White Fish. It is a fighting fish and as a result it is a popular game fish sought after in much of the central United States.


Yellow Bass table fare

Some consider the yellow bass a lesser bass species due mainly to its smaller size. However, it is popular enough that it has been introduced to many watersheds through the southern and central United States. Due to it's size, though, recommend the use of light tackle.

White Bass & Striped Bass

The Yellow Bass is very similar in appearance to that of the White Bass and the Striped Bass. In fact, the only noticeable difference between the white bass and the yellow bass is colour. The lateral lines are about the same length and thickness.


White Bass Species

White Bass


Striped Bass Species

Striped Bass


Food Preference

Yellow Bass enjoy a variety of prey fish like fathead minnows, golden shiners and small gizzard shad.

Insects also make up a large part of their diet, which is a great opportunity for fly anglers as they can be caught with flies as much as they can be with bait and lures.

And like every other freshwater fish, crayfish is their top prey. However, when they are binging on schools of baitfish, focus on lures that resemble baitfish or just use baitfish.


Yellow Bass are shaped very similar to that of the White Bass being moderately long and stocky with the deepest part between the dorsal fins as opposed to round and compressed. It's head is small with a large mouth. It has a brassy, silver or bright yellow colour and may sometimes have a greyish olive colour on its back.


Yellow Bass Lateral Stripes

Yellow bass lateral stripes


It can be distinguished from the White Bass by its golden colouring and broken stripes. It has five to eight dark stripes horizontally along its body, but stopping by its gill cover.


Yellow Perch school

Yellow perch



The yellow bass is closer in size to that of a yellow perch than it is to other bass.

These are tiny fish that seldom grow over 12 ounces, averaging between eight and 11 ounces with the current record yellow bass being two pounds, .95 ounces and was caught from the Morse Reservoir just north of Indianapolis in 1977.


Guntersville Reservoir

Guntersville Dam


At the end of year one, they reach between five to eight inches in ideal growing conditions. At the end of year three, the average between six to nine and a half inches by the end of two years; by the end of year three, they average between six and a half inches to ten and a half inches; and by the end of year four reaching a maximum length of 11 inches.

Most of the yellow bass's growth occurs in the first three years of growth with the average growth for the first three years being 1.5 inches per year.

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