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Fish Identification

White bass

White bass are silvery-gray to blue on the upper body with pale sides, and usually marked with horizontal stripes. They can be distinguished from striped bass by the somewhat football shaped body and single patch of teeth on the tongue. Hybrid bass have more distinct stripes that are often broken or offset. Yellow bass are yellow in color, with distinct broken stripes, while white perch lack stripes or a tooth patch in the middle of the tongue.

Scientific Name:  Morone chrysops

Adult size: 10-18 inches

Distribution: Native to the Tennessee River basin; introduced to rivers and lakes throughout the state, but scarce on the coastal plain

Current State Record Information

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