Creature Feature: Striped bass

Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: National Digital Library


Striped bass (Morone saxatilis), also known as “stripers” to fishermen, are an introduced sport fish to the Sacramento—San Joaquin Delta. Native to the Atlantic coast, striped bass were overfished in the 1980s. Regulations helped their populations increase and are no longer an overfished species.



Striped bass are named for the horizontal stripes along their body. Average adult size is around 2-4 ft but there has been some recorded being as long as 6ft.  Striped bass are anadromous species, which means they migrate from the ocean to fresh water to spawn. They spawn in spring in open fresh water.  When striped bass are in their juvenile state they feed on small crustaceans, as they grow to adult hood they begin to feed on smaller fish like herring, shad, and smelt.


Take a dive into this video to see striped bass swimming!


National Geographic has a great activity for 6-8th graders! This activity will help your students to analyze data, by looking at maps, graphs, and water quality. Click on link to get the full program materials.







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