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Identifying the White Bass

Identifying the White Bass can be a little tricky because it has the potential to be confused with the Striped Bass. It sports the same type horizontal lines running along its sides. But there are some characteristics that separate this bass from its distant cousin.

The white bass, a.k.a., sand bass, has a small head and almost appears to have sort of a hunch back. It is a tall but slender fish.

You will notice the yellow eyes of this bass along with one or two patches of teeth at the back of the tongue.

The color of this bass is mostly silver with dark green along its back.

The white bass averages between a 1/2 pound and 2 pounds but can reach up to 4 pounds. They average 10 to 12 inches long but can get to over 17 inches long.

This video contains some good pics of white bass. You just need to get past the long intro.


They rarely live beyond 4 years old but they can live up to 10 years. It is believed that females grow faster and live longer than males.

This is a great fish to go after during the spring time run. The kids will love the experience so get them, and yourself, familiar with what the Sand Bass looks like.

Find more on the White Bass at Wikipedia.


Hopefully you found our White Bass ID page helpful. Make sure you go back to our White Bass page for more info on this fun fish. You can even share your best tips for filling that stringer full of sandies.

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