The spring spawning run is an ideal time to catch big white bass.
Other Names: stripe, striped bass, sand bass, barfish, rockfish, gray bass, and silver bass¹
Characteristics: At first glance, white bass resemble small striped bass with faint lateral stripes, but the white bass has only one tooth patch on the tongue. The head on the white bass is fairly small and pointed.
Adult Size: 10 to 15 in (254 to 380 mm)
Distribution: White bass are widely distributed in Alabama, but are only abundant in the Tennessee and Chattahoochee Rivers.
Habitat and Biology: White bass inhabit the surface and midwater areas of rivers, reservoirs, and large streams. They prefer riprap, downed trees, and other structures below dams. White bass are aggressive predators that feed on gizzard and threadfin shad. Individuals migrate into the lower reaches of large flowing streams to spawn. Males usually precede females. Spawnings between one or more males and a single female usually occur at midwater depths in March and April. Once released and fertilized, eggs drift to the bottom and the larvae hatch in two or three days. Growth is fairly rapid.