Other Names: barfish, brassy bass, stripe, striped bass, streaker, sand bass, rockfish, and striped jack¹
Characteristics: The yellow bass is named for its characteristic yellowish gold body and eye. The tongue lacks the distinctive tooth patch found on other members of this group.
Adult Size: 8 to 11 in (203 to 279 mm)
Distribution: The yellow bass is distributed from the Mobile basin west to the San Jacinto River, Texas. It is native to the lower Tombigbee and Tennessee rivers as well as the Mobile Delta.
Habitat and Biology: Populations of this schooling species occur more frequently in medium to large tributaries and backwater areas of reservoirs and rivers. In the lower Tombigbee River system and the Tennessee River drainage, yellow bass migrate into large streams to spawn in April and May. Spawning usually occurs between one to several males and a single female. Yellow bass feed mainly on insect larvae and small fishes, including minnows, silversides, and small threadfin shad.