Fin-tastic Facts About The Yellow Bass For Kids

To know more about this fish read these Yellow Bass facts.

Yellow Bass is also known as Morone mississippiensis scientifically. They belong to the Moronidae family. It is found in slow-moving river basins, freshwater, tributary streams, lakes, or man-made reservoirs in the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana and is sometimes found in the Trinity River and Tennessee rivers too. It is found in areas with dense vegetation and low turbidity. These are yellowish silver in color. The backs are olive green or gray in color and the underneath is white or yellow. The striped part is broken and offset or jagged in the middle. The other members like the white bass and the striped bass are considered similar in appearance but there exist quite distinguishing features. The spawning takes place during late March and early June. The female lays eggs when the range of water temperature is appropriate. The eggs are fertilized by the male. The food of Yellow Bass includes some invertebrates, crustaceans, and insects. It has a special status in Minnesota as it is quite uncommon there. It also tends to live in schools and attack certain prey together. The lifespan of this fish is considered to be short as they tend to live for up to seven years. Possible predators of this fish are the Walleye, Bluefish, and white perch. The yellow sea bass can also be consumed. This fish is not very popular due to its other relatives being common. The yellow striped bass is quite an interesting fish to learn about, so read on!

If you are interested in discovering more fish, read about milkfish and swai fish too.

Yellow Bass

Fact File

What do they prey on?

Copepods and aquatic insects

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

13 lb (6 kg)

How long are they?

18.1 in (239 mm )

How tall are they?


What do they look like?


Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Pollutions and habitat loss

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Clear and slow-moving waters


Mississippi, Trinity, and Tennessee River





Scientific Name

Morone mississippiensis





Yellow Bass Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a yellow bass?

Yellow Bass is a fish.

What class of animal does a yellow bass belong to?

Yellow Bass belongs to the class of Actinopterygii of fishes.

How many yellow bass are there in the world?

There has been no specific number of Yellow Bass in the world recorded.

Where does a yellow bass live?

Yellow Bass live in the clear waters of the Mississippi River. It is also found in the Trinity and Tennessee river.

What is a yellow bass' habitat?

The habitat of Yellow Bass includes quiet pools or dams and slow-moving waters of streams, lakes, freshwater, and man-made reservoirs and tributary streams. These fishes prefer clear water with some vegetation and a lot of carp. They live in or close to bottoms of rivers and lakes.

Who do yellow bass live with?

They tend to live in groups which are called a school.

How long does a yellow bass live?

This fish can live up to seven years in the wild.

How do they reproduce?

Yellow Bass spawning occurs once a year in lakes or streams during late March and early June. It scatters its eggs during the same spawning period after the water temperature gets between 14.5-26 degrees Celsius. Female Yellow Bass lay a group of eggs over gravel or rocks in the water and the males fertilize the eggs. Eggs take four to six days to hatch after fertilization. Males mature when they are around two to three years old and females mature when they are three to four years old.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Yellow Bass is Least Concern. This species is thought to have a stable population.

Yellow Bass Fun Facts

What do yellow bass look like?

This fish is considered similar to White Bass and Striped Bass. This Bass is yellowish-silver in color with seven stripes that are black or brown in color. These run down from head to tail. The stripes that are on the lower part of the body are broken and offset or jagged in the middle. The backs of this bass are olive-gray or green in color and are white or yellow on the under. Some fins of these fishes are dark or dusky in color while the other fins are clear and white. These fishes do not have tongue or teeth. Their eyes are yellow in color.

The fins and body color are the distinguishing factors of this fish.

How cute are they?

These fishes are not considered that cute and some people think of them as ugly fish.

How do they communicate?

Yellow Bass communicate through their visual and hearing methods. They also use chemical signals. These fishes also sense vibrations. Their main sense organ is the lateral line which helps them sense vibrations.  

How big is a yellow bass?

The Yellow Bass size is on an average 9.4 in (239 mm) long and weighs up to 13 lb (6 kg).

How fast can a yellow bass swim?

The exact speed of a Yellow Bass is unknown but they are considered to be good and fast swimmers.

How much does a yellow bass weigh?

This species can weigh up to 13 lb (6 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for the male and female of the species.

What would you call a baby yellow bass?

There is no specific name for a baby Yellow Bass. All baby fish are called fry, so we can assume baby Yellow Bass are called fry.

What do they eat?

The size of the prey increases as the Yellow Bass grows. Generally, the Yellow Bass feed on small animals without vertebrates that are found in middle depths or near-surface of water. Their food includes small crustaceans, zooplankton, and insects. Adult Bass eat other fish and some Yellow Bass too. They hunt during dusk and dawn.

Are they rare?

While these species are not that rare, these species are uncommon in Minnesota.

Would they make a good pet?

Yellow Bass are quite rare as pets and thus, not much is known about this species as pets.

Did you know...

The Yellow Bass is known to grow quite long but its growth gets stunted. These grow depending on the space they have. These fishes reproduce a lot which leads to the area getting crowded. This is considered to be the biggest reason for the small size of this fish.

Yellow Bass fishing is easy and can be done using live bait. In spring, it is recommended to use minnows as baits, and during summers, nightcrawlers are recommended. Yellow Bass are lightweight and thus, a lightweight tackle is fine.

The bodies of these fish are thin from side to side but wide from top to bottom.

It looks similar to the white perch just without the stripes.

It is also a fighting fish and thus, a popular game fish that is sought after in the United States.

The second and third anal fin or spines are equal in length.

The Yellow Bass is also called brassy fish, barfish, gold bass, striper, streaker, sand bass, rockfish, or striped jack.

Yellow bass vs white bass

While these two species are the member of the same family, there are certain differences which helps you to distinguish one from the other. Yellow Bass fish have the offset lateral stripes above the anal fin and it does not possess tooth patches on the tongue. The White Bass have eleven or thirteen anal rays while the Yellow Bass have nine to ten. White Bass grows comparatively larger than the Yellow Bass.  

Eating yellow bass

Other basses tend to be more famous than the Yellow Bass when it comes to eating. Yellow Bass are equally similar to the other types. To cook a Yellow Bass, firstly scale the fish, then butterfly the fish by splitting it from the backbone. Then clean and rinse and remove the guts and gills, soak it in vinegar, water, garlic, pepper, and salt brine overnight, and then deep fry on high heat for five minutes. This is the easiest way to cook and enjoy this bass out of the cooking yellow bass recipes.

The taste of this bass has been liked by some and disliked by some. Some tend to believe if cooked properly, it tastes great and if not, the fishy taste still remains which is not liked by a lot of people.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other fish including tetra, or salmon.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our channel bass coloring pages.



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