Photo © Sam Stukel

White Bass

White Bass are found statewide in cool to warm water habitats of the Missouri River and its impoundments, larger tributaries, and some glacial lakes.  White Bass are a schooling fish that are most often found in pools in rivers and the open mid-water portions of lakes and impoundments. It feeds on fishes, insects and crustaceans.

White Bass are laterally compressed with deep bodies, a yellow eye and one tooth patch on the back of the tongue. It is silver-white in color with 5-7 dark, horizontal stripes and two dorsal fins, the first with 9 spines and the second with one spine followed by soft rays.

As of Jan 1, 2019 White Bass daily and possession limits have been removed from all inland waters within South Dakota.

Daily Limit:

Statewide: None


MN/SD Border waters: No limit

IA/SD Border waters: No limit

NE/SD Border waters: 15 

Possession Limit:


Proud Angler Qualifications:

2  3/4 pounds

17 inches (released fish only)