Yellow bass

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Yellow Bass
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yellow bass
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Moronidae
Genus: Morone
Species: M. mississippiensis
Binomial name
Morone mississippiensis
D. S. Jordan & C. H. Eigenmann, 1887
  • Morone interrupta T. N. Gill, 1860 (ambiguous)

The yellow bass (Morone mississippiensis) or barfish, is a species of temperate bass native to the south and midwestern United States. It is an inhabitant of lakes, ponds and areas of large rivers with reduced current such as backwaters and pools. This species can reach a length of 46 centimetres (18 in) TL though most are only around 23.9 centimetres (9.4 in). The greatest recorded weight for a specimen of this species is 2.95 pounds (1.34 kg) and was caught at Morse Reservoir in Indiana. This species is sought after as a game fish.[1]

Though sometimes confused with white bass or striped bass, it is distinguished by its yellow belly and the broken pattern in its lowermost stripes. It can also mate with the white bass.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Morone mississippiensis" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  • Rice, F. Philip (1964). America's Favorite Fishing-A Complete Guide to Angling for Panfish. New York: Harper Row. 
  • Rice, F. Philip (1984). Panfishing. New York: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-943822-25-4. 

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