The white bass, sometimes called sand bass, is a freshwater fish that lives in deep lakes and rivers throughout the Midwest. They are a true bass, unlike the largemouth and the smallmouth bass which are actually members of the sunfish family. It is related to the much larger striped bass. They vary in color from silver or yellowish to pale green with 7 dark, horizontal streaks. The average weight of the white bass is 1 to 2 pounds however they can grow to 6 pounds and over 18 inches in length. They travel in schools, usually near the top of the water, feeding on many types of small fish. They live from 5-7 years however they have been known to live up to 9 years. The white bass is the state fish of Oklahoma.
It is a moderately fat fish with a fairly strong, fishy or muddy taste. It is recommended to cut out as much of the dark meat as possible since this helps reduce the muddy taste. The most popular ways of cooking are to Sauté, Pan Fry, Oven fry or bake
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