The Sand Bass



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The LITTLE BAD BOY!

Morone Chrysops

Morone Chrysops

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OKLAHOMA RECORD:  5lbs 4ozs

World Record: 6.81 pounds, caught in Lake Orange, in Orange, Virginia, in 1989.  

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Description: The Sand bass looks similar to a shortened version of its larger relative, the striped bass. It is silvery-white overall with five to eight horizontal dusky black stripes along the sides. Stripes below the lateral line are faint and often broken in an irregular pattern. It differs most noticeably in being shorter and stockier with a smaller head, and the dorsal fins are set closer together. The white bass has a deep body, strongly arched behind the head; deepest between dorsal fins.
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Other Names: stripe, silver bass, striper, white bass, barfish
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Subspecies: Science inhanced by crossing with the Striper to create the Striper Hybrid

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Range: Sand bass are found in almost every major lake in Oklahoma. They a very hardy in the river systems.
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Habitat: Sand bass are found in large lakes and streams connected to major river systems and in rivers with moderate current. They prefer clear water with a temperature range of 50 to 85 degrees. Man-made impoundments have greatly favored the Sand bass, but the species is one that can become overabundant and stunt.
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Spawning Habits: Male white bass migrate upstream in large schools to a dam or other barrier in early spring, followed shortly by schools of females. Spawning occurs in moving water over gravel shoals or a hard bottom. Large females may lay as many as half a million adhesive eggs that stick to rocks and gravel. If no water current is present white bass have been known to spawn on wind-swept sandy beaches. After spawning, they abandon their eggs and provide no parental care. Fry hatch in only two to three days.
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Feeding Habits: - Sand bass are primarily piscivorous. Fry feed on zooplankton first and within a few weeks larger crustaceans and insects are eaten. Larger fish prefer to feed on minnows and thrive on open water baitfish like gizzard and threadfin shad. Like the striper, white bass move in schools and feed most heavily around dawn or dusk. Check out the SOONER SLAB page of this web site! The SIDEWINDER was specially design for the Sand Bass!!!
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-Growth: Although Sand bass may live up to 10 years, few live beyond three to four years. Females grow slightly faster and probably live longer than males. The average size is one pound with fish over two pounds considered large.
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Sporting Quality: The LITTLE BAD BOY! Sand bass are hard hitting, fierce fighting fish. Their aggressive nature combined with their schooling tendency make them one of the easiest fish to catch. Several tips to Sand bass anglers should include: Use light tackle for maximum enjoyment; the SLAB is the best around, all year lure for catching Sand Bass! Also use flies, spinners, small plugs or minnows for bait; and locate feeding schools off points in deeper water, Morning and Evenings watch for schools feeding in shallow water, Also in summer and fall watch for surfacing schools.
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Eating Quality: The flesh is similar to that of the striped bass and may be prepared by frying, baking, broiling, or stewing.

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