White bass can be found in a variety of waters. They are found in lakes, reservoirs and rivers and can do well in clear water or murky water. White bass are known more for roaming open water than hanging around cover such as wood or weeds like largemouth bass. Current plays a huge factor with them and they like to follow schools of bait fish throughout the lake.
You can keep it real simple with white bass, however, there are several different rigs that will work for a variety of situations. Take a look at our fishing rigs for white bass section to learn more.
White bass will eat minnows and worms. They are pretty easy to catch with live bait. Take a look at our live baits for white bass section to learn more about what to use and how to use it to catch more.
White bass can get kind of big, so some anglers will go a little heavier with their tackle, but you can easily go lighter when fishing for these fish. You can use light action to medium action spinning rods and reels and you should be fine when fishing for white bass. Some anglers go a little heavier and some will also use their baitcasting gear when fishing with lures.
You are usually going to be using lighter gear when fishing for white bass. Some people go heavier, but most anglers will be using 6 to 12 pound test line when fishing for white bass.
Eating White Bass
For most people, white bass don’t taste nearly as good as other popular species of fish and for some people, they are just nasty. The problem with white bass is the red meat that isn’t easy to take off without losing a lot of meat on the fillet. Most people that enjoy eating them will do all or some of the following:
Bleed them, remove the red meat, soak them in milk, sprite or whatever else you prefer to soak fish in, only keep them when water temperatures are colder in the spring or summer.