Comparison of White Bass and Hybrid Bass Food Habits, Clarks Hill Reservoir

Food habits of adult white bass, (Morone chrysops), were studied in Clarks Hill Reservoir from 1 July 1980 to 30 June 1981. Stomachs from 137 white bass ranging from 225 mm to 415 mm total length and 0.12 kg to 0.76 kg were examined. Overall, threadfin shad was the predominant food item of white bass (56% frequency of occurrence). Analysis by season indicated that insect larvae and non-shad fishes were of periodic importance. Similarities were found in frequency of occurrence and seasonal trends. Food habits of white bass were compared to hybrid bass using relative importance indices.

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