The white bass or sand bass (Morone chrysops) is a freshwater fish of the temperate bass family Moronidae discovered by American naturalist John Tower. It is the state fish of Oklahoma. White Bass are unrelated to the black basses, which are members of the sunfish family. Despite the efforts of many to introduce them, under no circumstances does the White bass live in the ocean.<br />
White bass are found in lakes and some large rivers throughout the United States. The species is somewhat similar in appearance to the white perch, though larger. Its back is dark, with white sides and belly, and with narrow darkish stripes running lengthwise on the sides. The average fish ranges from 10 to 16 inches in length, and usually weighs from 1 to 4 pounds, though larger ones are sometimes taken. The world record is 6 lb (2.7 kg). 13 ounces and was taken in Virginia. Conventional panfish tackle or fly fishing tackle is used in angling the white bass. The fish tend to move in schools and prefer to swim in clear water. A closely related fish, though much less common, is the Yellow bass which is found predominantly in the Mississippi River. Some anglers enjoy eating fresh white bass, others avoid it, as it can tend on occasion to have oily flesh.