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Temperate Bass Identification

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White Perch

A. Dorsal fins joined by a membrane.

B. No tooth patches on tongue.

C. Body deepest in front of 1st
dorsal fin.

D. No stripes present or only faintly striped on lower body only.

E. 2nd spine almost equal the length of 3rd spine.

Striped Bass

A. Dorsal fins not joined.

B. Back of tongue has 2 distinct tooth patches.

C. Body slender, less than 1/3 length.

D. Stripes distinct, several extend to tail.

E. 2nd spine 1/2 the length of 3rd spine.

Hybrid Bass

A. Dorsal fins not joined.

B. Back of tongue has 2 distinct tooth patches.

C. Body deep, more than 1/3 length.

D. Stripes distinct, usually broken, several extend to tail.

E. 2nd spine 2/3 or more the length of 3rd spine.

White Bass

A. Dorsal fins not jointed.

B. Back of tongue has 1 tooth patch.

C. Body deep, more than 1/3 length.

D. Stripes faint, only 1 extends to tail.

E. 2nd spine 2/3 the length or more of 3rd spine.