Morone Mississippiensis



Lake, River

1 - 1 pounds

12" - 18"

Yellow Bass 

Also Known As: Bass, Gold Bass, Streaks  


The Morone Mississippiensis or Yellow Bass has 5-7 rows of stripes running across its yellow body. Its dorsal fin is also split into two sections. The first section of the Yellow Bass’ dorsal fin is composed of nine spines then the second has 1 spine but a full length of 12 rays. The Yellow Bass is also different from its white cousin, having around only 10 give or take a few anal rays only. It also doesn’t have a small patch of teeth on the tongue which the latter seems to have.

The dorsal portion of a Yellow Bass is dark olive green but its whole body is predominantly silvery yellow. 


Diet and Size

Yellow Bass love feeding on small crustaceans known as copepods but also feed on aquatic insects. However, this is only when they’re still juvenile. When Yellow Bass grow older, their diet becomes a mix of aquatic insects and possibly smaller fish.

Usually, a Yellow Bass weighs around 4-12 ounces. However, there are some rare occurrences that they do exceed a pound. Someone managed to catch a Yellow Bass at 2 pounds and 4 ounces.


Interesting Facts

  • Yellow Bass are capable of growing big but cannot because their growth gets stunted.
    • Like any fish, they grow depending on the amount of space they have.
    • Yellow Bass reproduce a lot which is why sometimes, their areas can get crowded.
      • This is seen as one of the biggest factors why Yellow Bass are small.
  • Yellow Bass have a short lifespan. They only live up to 7 years.
  • A lot of people think that because the Yellow Bass is small, it’s not as valuable as the other gamefish that are bigger.
  • Yellow Bass are a school-kind of fish. They like traveling in groups where they have a chance to feast on minnows.
  • Yellow Bass are known to be fast swimmers.
    • This may also be due to their size being small so they can easily slip away if needed.


Fishing Techniques

Fishing for a Yellow Bass requires one to use live bait. Though, it highly depends on the season. In spring, anglers recommend using minnows as bait for catch Yellow Bass. During the summer, anglers would recommend using Nightcrawlers. They even said that using cut bait would be okay. It saves on bait and at the same time you don’t have to keep swapping or get new bait every time. Since Yel