sunshine Bass

characteristics

COMMON NAME

Sunshine Bass

Scientific name

Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis

LENGTH

12-20 inches

DIET

fish

FISH DESCRIPTION

Family: Moronidae (temperate basses)

Sunshine bass famously congregate in Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest during the summers. Sunshine bass is a hybrid cross between male striped bass and female white bass that does not occur naturally. They are bred in hatcheries as sport fish. The schools of bass seen in Silver Glen likely have a mix of both striped and sunshine bass.

These fish are thought to use the spring as a cool water refuge during hot summer months.  

Distinguishing features: Rows of broken stripes along side.

Range, habitat and behavior: Stocked in many states across the southeastern U.S., including Mississippi, Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas. Typically a schooling fish.

Diet: Adults feed on fish. Young Sunshine Bass begin with insects but will switch to fish as early as possible, often when they reach 4 inches long.

Fun facts: These fish are an artificially spawned cross between a male Striped Bass and a female White Bass, produced in Florida hatcheries for stocking as a gamefish and to control Gizzard Shad. They are known for their strong fight and their tender white meat.

 

 

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