striped bass

The striped bass has been a popular catch for fishermen for centuries. These fishes are known for their spiny fins and the dark lines along their sides. Adult striped bass live iin rivers, along coastlines, and in estuaries. But they all spawn (breed) in the same place: freshwater rivers. Some travel as far as 100 miles to spawn.

striped bass
Scientific name: Morone saxatilis
Size: females are about 24 inches long, males about 11 inches long
Habitat: the coasts, estuaries, and rivers of the western Atlantic
Diet: crustaceans and fish
Characteristics: silvery body with stripes that run from gills to tail, and a spiny dorsal (back) fin

Image credits: courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.