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Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
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Color is blue-gray to dark green on the back and silver-white on the sides
Several dark horizontal stripes along its sides
Two dorsal fins are separated
Adults grow to 18 inches
Often confused with white bass, but yellow bass are a brassy yellow color on the sides
Dark stripes that are broken and offset
Two dorsal fins are slightly connected
Adults grow to 12-15 inches
More streamlined or torpedo shaped than the white bass or yellow bass
Olive green to blue-gray back and silver-white sides
Horizontal lines on the sides are more intense than the white bass
Adults weighing 5-20 lbs. are common, but may grow to over 50 lbs.
Hybrid Striped Bass
Can be distinguished from striped bass by having a deeper body that is more arched behind the head
Broken and poorly aligned stripes on the sides
Adults seldom grow larger than 15 lbs.
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