White bass are silver, but they have horizontal black stripes that are unbroken above the lateral line. The lines below the lateral line are barely visible and irregular. The horizontal stripes on a white bass usually stop just short of the tail. White bass are known for their spring migrations up rivers and streams in the spring, but they are also found in large bodies of water, particularly reservoirs. White bass are also known for schooling up on bait fish such as shad in open water. At times, huge schools of white bass will push hundreds of shad to the surface. Anglers can typically see birds circling above the action. Lots of shad will be boiling on the surface and the white bass will be right there chasing the shad. With a good pair of binoculars, you can see these “jumps” from a good ways away. Get into the action with a shad-like lure and you can have a blast. White bass are not nearly as big as striped bass. A 15 inch bass is a nice-sized white bass anywhere in the country.
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