Tips for Catching White Bass

News & Tips: Tips for Catching White Bass

When water temperatures reach the low 50s, whites start moving upstream, out of the lakes and reservoirs, until they reach a dam or other obstacle that blocks their travel. Here the white bass stack up and continually gorge themselves, waiting for the magic 55-degree mark to complete their spawn.

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One of America’s most popular gamefish is the white bass. The most exciting time to fish for them is during their annual spring spawning run up streams and rivers.

Here's a handy guide from the Texas Parks and Wildlife department that shows you how to tell the difference between a white bass and a striper. Check out the characteristics used in identifying white bass.

Hungry, aggressive white bass aren’t too picky about what they will eat, but 1/8- to 1/4-ounce curly tail fishing lure or hair jigs are most popular, with in-line spinners coming in a close second. White is usually best, but chartreuse, yellow, pink, and other bright shades will work, too.

I like using a lightweight spinning reel on a 7-foot softtip rod with a stout butt and 4- to 6-pound test line. What I like most of all, though, is frying up a limit of these good-eating fish.

By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award winning
Outdoor World Radio