Ohio Game Fishing banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
84 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I was at Vermillion Yesterday and caught quite a few of what I was told were white perch. My buddy says that white perch have pink chins, white bass do not. Either way, they are tasty. Does anyone know the difference?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,791 Posts
I think white bass have more distinct horizontal dark stripes, and a bigger mouth.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
twistertail, I was interested in the Fish ID site you gave the address for.

By chance I clicked on Blue Catfish and a page that had a drawing of a catfish which resembled a channel cat more than a blue. Then it had

Other Names: channel cat, hump-back blue, forktail cat, great blue cat, silver cat

This isn't correct I'm afraid. May be just one case in the whole database, don't know.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,041 Posts
Wonder why it says that?? :confused: I have looked at that site a few other times for fish id and has been ok. Did you check out the other catfish?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
405 Posts
A few tell tale things can be a horizontal stripes, large mouth, longer snout on white bass as well as a longer stretch of body from the back of the anal fin to the cadual fin than a white perch. if you wanna get specific because the stripes are faded check the anal rays. White Perch have fewer than 10 white bass have 11-12.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
84 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Thanks. I am pretty sure they are white perch by the pictures. I was hammering them out at vermillion yesterday. I was only not sure cause someone posted elsewhere that they were catching a lot of white bass out there at the same time I was there.
 

·
Enjigneer
Joined
·
1,369 Posts
This is an excerpt from The Ohio Sea Grant publication "Is it a White Bass or a White Perch?" This publication and some other great ones are here:

http://www.sg.ohio-state.edu/CFM/Publications/Publications2.cfm?Code=FS

There are several ways to tell the fish apart.

First, the white bass has 6-10 dark horizontal lines on its back and sides; the white perch does not.
Second, gently pull the spiny dorsal erect. If the soft dorsal fin also becomes erect, you've got a white perch. If not, it's a white bass.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,287 Posts
Ducknut, I was fishing out of Vermillion yesterday and caught a 1/2 dozen or so white bass, not a single white perch. Species based on the ODNR descriptions (White Bass have lateral stripes):

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/Fishing/aquanotes-fishid/whtebassbig.htm

Tossed them, the sheeps, smallies, and mangled gobies back saving room for the eyes that never opened theie locked jaws.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11 Posts
Without getting out the fish ID bible (the fishes if Ohio)
The most easily recognisable difference is the latteral line.
WB it is prety much middle of the body & WP it has a more pronounced hump near the front of the dorsal fin.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top