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?
I have noticed that the white perch have some what of a hump on the top of thier head and tend to be smaller. They are a lot like white bass and if you take care of them the right way they are pretty good. Here is a good fish id site http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/default.cfm
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.
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.
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.
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.