The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Morone saxatilis
Morone saxatilis
(Striped Bass)
Native Transplant

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Morone saxatilis (Walbaum, 1792)

Common name: Striped Bass

Synonyms and Other Names: Roccus lineatus (Bloch 1792), R. saxatilis (Walbaum, 1792); striper, rock, rockfish.

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Identification: Smith (1985); Page and Burr (1991) Jenkins and Burkhead (1994); Mettee et al. (1996).

Size: 2 m.

Native Range: Atlantic drainages from St. Lawrence River, New Brunswick to St. Johns River in Florida; Gulf Slope drainages from Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana to Suwannee River drainage, Florida (Page and Burr 1991). Apparently, striped bass formerly occurred in coastal areas of eastern Texas (Anonymous 1987c). Higgins and Lord (1926) reported it as one of the chief commercial species in that area.

Native range data for this species provided in part by NatureServe NS logo
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Morone saxatilis are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
AL196519965Guntersville Lake; Lower Elk; Pickwick Lake; Upper Alabama; Wheeler Lake
AZ1959202316Agua Fria; Bill Williams; Bouse Wash; Centennial Wash; Detrital Wash; Grand Wash; Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Imperial Reservoir; Lake Mead; Lower Colorado; Lower Colorado Region; Lower Colorado-Marble Canyon; Lower Lake Powell; Lower Little Colorado; Lower Salt; Middle Gila
AR1956201324Beaver Reservoir; Bull Shoals Lake; Dardanelle Reservoir; Fourche La Fave; Frog-Mulberry; Lake Conway-Point Remove; Little Missouri; Little Red; Lower Arkansas; Lower Arkansas-Maumelle; Lower Little Arkansas, Oklahoma; Lower Mississippi-Greenville; Lower Mississippi-Memphis; Lower Ouachita-Smackover; Lower St. Francis; Lower White; Lower White-Bayou Des Arc; McKinney-Posten Bayous; Middle White; North Fork White; Ouachita Headwaters; Petit Jean; Spring; Upper Ouachita
CA1879202342Central California Coastal; Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Imperial Reservoir; Lower Colorado; Lower Klamath; Lower Sacramento; Lower San Joaquin River; Mad-Redwood; Mattole; Middle Kern-Upper Tehachapi-Grapevine; Middle San Joaquin-Lower Chowchilla; Mojave; Monterey Bay; Northern California; Northern California Coastal; Pajaro; Panoche-San Luis Reservoir; Russian; Sacramento Headwaters; Salinas; Salton Sea; San Diego; San Francisco Bay; San Francisco Coastal South; San Joaquin; San Joaquin Delta; San Pablo Bay; Santa Margarita; Santa Monica Bay; Suisun Bay; Tomales-Drake Bays; Upper Cache; Upper Coon-Upper Auburn; Upper King; Upper Klamath; Upper Mokelumne; Upper San Joaquin; Upper Tule; Upper Tuolumne; Upper Yuba; Ventura-San Gabriel Coastal; Whitewater River
CO196920095Middle South Platte-Sterling; South Platte; Upper Arkansas; Upper Arkansas-John Martin Reservoir; Upper Arkansas-Lake Meredith
FL195619878Crystal-Pithlachascotee; Florida Southeast Coast; Hillsborough; Kissimmee; Lower Ochlockonee; Peace; Pensacola Bay; Withlacoochee
GA1967201914Canoochee; Conasauga; Coosawattee; Etowah; Hiwassee; Kinchafoonee-Muckalee; Little; Middle Chattahoochee-Lake Harding; Middle Flint; Tugaloo; Upper Chattahoochee; Upper Ocmulgee; Upper Oconee; Upper Savannah
IL1974201114Big Muddy; Copperas-Duck; Lower Illinois; Lower Illinois-Lake Chautauqua; Lower Illinois-Senachwine Lake; Lower Ohio; Lower Ohio-Bay; Lower Sangamon; Macoupin; Skillet; South Fork Sangamon; Upper Illinois; Upper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau; Upper Mississippi-Meramec
IN199820005Kankakee; Lake Michigan; Lower Ohio-Little Pigeon; Middle Wabash-Little Vermilion; Whitewater
IA197119873Lower Iowa; Middle Des Moines; Upper Chariton
KS1980201910Elk; Fall; Lower Big Blue; Lower Republican; Neosho Headwaters; North Fork Ninnescah; Solomon; Upper Saline; Upper Smoky Hill; Upper South Fork Solomon
KY1962201820Barren; Kentucky; Kentucky Lake; Licking; Licking; Lower Cumberland; Lower Kentucky; Lower Levisa; Lower Mississippi-Memphis; Lower Ohio; Lower Ohio-Bay; Lower Ohio-Little Pigeon; Lower Tennessee; Middle Green; Middle Ohio-Laughery; Silver-Little Kentucky; Upper Cumberland; Upper Cumberland-Lake Cumberland; Upper Green; Upper Kentucky
LA196519842Bayou D'Arbonne; Toledo Bend Reservoir
MI200020001Lake Superior
MS196819914Chunky-Okatibbee; Little Tallahatchie; Middle Pearl-Strong; Yalobusha
MO1966201923Beaver Reservoir; Bourbeuse; Bull Shoals Lake; Current; Harry S. Truman Reservoir; Lake of the Ozarks; Lamine; Lower Chariton; Lower Des Moines; Lower Marais Des Cygnes; Lower Missouri; Lower Missouri-Crooked; Lower Missouri-Moreau; Lower Osage; Meramec; Niangua; North Fork White; Peruque-Piasa; The Sny; Upper Black; Upper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau; Upper St. Francis; Whitewater
MT199919991Big Horn Lake
NE187319875Harlan County Reservoir; Lower Elkhorn; Lower North Platte; Lower South Platte; Republican
NV196220234Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Lake Mead; Middle Carson; Muddy
NM197219904Caballo; Elephant Butte Reservoir; Pecos Headwaters; Upper Pecos-Long Arroyo
NY198019801Lake Ontario
NC1953201810Cape Fear; Lower Dan; Lower Yadkin; Middle Roanoke; Roanoke; Roanoke Rapids; Upper Catawba; Upper Dan; Upper Pee Dee; Upper Yadkin
ND199319981Devils Lake
OH1971202311Little Miami; Little Muskingum-Middle Island; Lower Great Miami, Indiana, Ohio; Mahoning; Muskingum; Raccoon-Symmes; Upper Ohio-Shade; Upper Scioto; Upper Wabash; Whitewater; Wills
OK195520247Black Bear-Red Rock; Lake Texoma; Lower Cimarron; Lower Neosho; Lower Salt Fork Arkansas; Middle North Canadian; Polecat-Snake
OR1914202012Coos; Coquille; Lower Columbia; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Middle Columbia-Hood; Oregon, Washington, Vancouver Coast and Shelf; Siletz-Yaquina; Siuslaw; Umpqua; Upper Willamette; Wilson-Trusk-Nestuccu
PA197519836Bald Eagle; Lower Susquehanna-Penns; Middle Allegheny-Tionesta; Raystown; Shenango; Upper Juniata
SC195520206Saluda; Seneca; Tugaloo; Upper Catawba; Upper Savannah; Wateree
TN1958202010Holston; Kentucky Lake; Lower Clinch; Lower Cumberland; Middle Tennessee-Chickamauga; Stones; Upper Clinch, Tennessee, Virginia; Upper Cumberland-Cordell Hull Reservoir; Upper Cumberland-Lake Cumberland; Watts Bar Lake
TX1965202353Amistad Reservoir; Austin-Travis Lakes; Bois D'arc-Island; Bosque; Buchanan-Lyndon B. Johnson Lakes; Cedar; Chambers; East Fork Trinity; East San Antonio Bay; Elm Fork Trinity; International Falcon Reservoir; Lake Fork; Lake Texoma; Little Wichita; Lower Angelina; Lower Brazos; Lower Colorado; Lower Devils; Lower Frio; Lower Guadalupe; Lower Neches; Lower Nueces; Lower Pecos-Red Bluff Reservoir; Lower Trinity-Kickapoo; Middle Brazos-Lake Whitney; Middle Brazos-Palo Pinto; Middle Canadian-Spring; Middle Colorado-Concho; Middle Guadalupe; Middle Nueces; Middle Sabine; Navidad; North Bosque; North Corpus Christi Bay; North Fork Double Mountain Fork Brazos; Reagan-Sanderson; Richland; Sabine; Sabine Lake; San Ambrosia-Santa Isabel; San Gabriel; South Concho; Toledo Bend Reservoir; Toyah; Upper Colorado; Upper Guadalupe; Upper Sabine; Upper San Antonio; Upper West Fork Trinity; West Fork San Jacinto; West Nueces; Wichita; Yegua
UT197420204Lower Lake Powell; Lower San Juan; Upper Colorado-Kane Springs; Upper Lake Powell
VA195320197Banister; Kanawha; Lower Dan; Middle Roanoke; Roanoke Rapids; Upper New; Upper Roanoke
WA193619926Grays Harbor; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Pacific Northwest Region; Puget Sound; Upper Columbia-Entiat; Willapa Bay
WV198120236Big Sandy; Coal; Elk; Little Muskingum-Middle Island; Lower Kanawha; Upper Ohio-Shade
WI199619961Upper Fox
WY199519951Big Horn

Table last updated 6/24/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

* HUCs are not listed for states where the observation(s) cannot be approximated to a HUC (e.g. state centroids or Canadian provinces).

Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked for sportfishing. Some records involved fish dispersed to other areas far from point of original introduction, for instance, downstream of reservoirs after passage over or through dams (e.g., Pflieger 1997).

Status: Reported as locally established in many states. Annual stocking of lakes and reservoirs maintains the sport fishery. Attempts to establish this species in the Youghiogheny River, Pennsylvania, failed (Hendricks et al. 1979). Not established in Colorado (Walker 1993). Not established in the Great Lakes (Cudmore-Vokey and Crossman 2000).

Impact of Introduction: Preys on small fishes. Bailey (1975) summarized what was known about impacts of stocked striped bass on clupeids in lakes and reservoirs in the Southeast. Maumelle Reservoir, Arkansas, had a possible reduction in clupeids; Toledo Bend and D'Arbonne reservoirs, Louisiana, had slight reductions; J. Percy Priest Reservoir, Tennessee, had a significant reduction; and Hunter land Julianna reservoirs suffered drastic reductions. Morgan and Gerlach (1950) reported finding numerous trout and salmon fry and fingerlings in striped bass stomachs at Coos Bay, Oregon.

Remarks: The Striped Bass is a highly prized sportfish. Bailey (1975) provided a table of locations, numbers, and factors affecting success of Striped Bass stocked in the Southeast, and the outcome. Setzler et al. (1980) provided a biological synopsis of this species. Some introductions in native range are of fish from another area, i.e., Atlantic Slope fish stocked in Gulf tributaries. Boschung (1992) states that native stocks probably no longer exist in Alabama except in the Chattahoochee drainage, having been replaced eslswhere by Atlantic coast stocks.

Nobriga et al. (2013) examined the effects of juvenile Striped Bass on Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) population dynamics, finding no correlation between between juvenile bass abundance and smelt survival and low estimates of consumption of smelt by juvenile bass.

Matlock (2014) discusses the historical status (native vs. non-native) of Striped Bass in Texas, and the potential policy implications.

References: (click for full references)

Anonymous. 1992a. Texas Parks and Wildlife News, Austin, TX, October 2.

Anonymous. 1994b. Fishes of the Dakotas. Brochure. American Fisheries Society Dakota Chapter, and North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Bailey, W.M. 1975. An evaluation of striped bass introductions in the Southeastern United States. Arkansas Game and Fish Comission, Lonoke, mimeo, report. 101 pp.

Boschung, H. T. 1992. Catalogue of freshwater and marine fishes of Alabama. Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin 14:1-266.

Bouc, K. 1987. The fish book. Nebraskaland Magazine 65(1):1-130.

Buchanan, T. M. 1973. Key to the fishes of Arkansas. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Little Rock, AR. 68 pp., 198 maps.

Burr, B. M., and M. L. Warren, Jr. 1986. A distributional atlas of Kentucky fishes. Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission Scientific and Technical Series 4. 398 pp.

Carter, A. - Fisheries Division, Arkansas Game and Fish Comission, Little Rock, AR. Response to NBS-G nonindigenous questionaire. 1992.

Clay, W. M. 1975. The fishes of Kentucky. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Frankfort, KY. 416 pp.

Cooper, E. L. 1983. Fishes of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA.

Cudmore-Vokey, B. and E.J. Crossman. 2000. Checklists of the fish fauna of the Laurentian Great Lakes and their connecting channels. Can. MS Rpt. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2500: v + 39p.

Dahlberg, M. D., and D. C. Scott. 1971b. Introductions of freshwater fishes in Georgia. Bulletin of the Georgia Academy of Science 29:245-252.

Denoncourt, R. F., T. B. Robbins, and R. Hesser. 1975a. Recent introductions and reintroductions to the Pennsylvania fish fauna of the Susquehanna River drainage above Conowingo Dam. Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 49:57-58.

Douglas, N. H. 1974. Freshwater fishes of Louisiana. Claitor's Publishing Division, Baton Rouge, LA.

Edwards, G. B. 1974. Biology of the striped bass Morone saxatilis (Walbaum) in the Lower Colorado River (Arizona-California-Nevada). Master's thesis. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. 45pp.

Etnier, D. A., and W. C. Starnes. 1993. The fishes of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.

Everhart, W. H., and W. R. Seaman. 1971. Fishes of Colorado. Colorado Game, Fish and Parks Division, Denver, CO. 75 pp.

Grabowski, S. J., S. D. Hiebert, and D. M. Lieberman. 1984. Potential for introduction of three species of nonnative fishes into central Arizona via the Central Arizona Project ? A literature review and analysis. REC-ERC-84-7. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO.

Hall, G. E. 1956. Additions to the fish fauna of Oklahoma with a summary of introduced species. Southwestern Naturalist 1(1):16-26.

Harlan, J. R., E. B. Speaker, and J. Mayhew. 1987. Iowa fish and fishing. Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines, IA. 323 pp.

Hendricks, M. L., J. R. Stauffer, Jr., C. H. Hocutt, and C. R. Gilbert. 1979. A preliminary checklist of the fishes of the Youghiogheny River. Chicago Academy of Sciences, Natural History Miscellanea 203:1-15.

Hocutt, C.H., R.E. Jenkins, and J.R. Stauffer, Jr. 1986 . Zoogeography of the Fishes of the Central Appalachians and Central Atlantic Coastal Plain. In C.H. Hocutt and E.O. Wiley, eds. The Zoogeography of North American Freshwater Fishes. :161-212.

Howells, R. G. 1992a. Annotated list of introduced non-native fishes, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants in Texas waters. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Management Data Series 78, Austin, TX. 19 pp.

Insider Viewpoint. 2001. Fishing Records – Nevada. Insider Viewpoint Magazine. 3 pp.

Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1994. Freshwater fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Jones, D. J. 1963. A history of Nebraska's fisheries resources. Dingell-Hohnson Federal Aid in Fish Restoration Project F-4-R Publication. Nebraska Game, Forestation and Parks Commission..

Kelly, H.D. 1969. The production and management of striped bass, Roccus saxatilis (Walbaum), in Alabama. Jour. Ala. Acad. Sci. 40(1): 1-4.

Laird, C. A. and L. M. Page. 1996. Non-native Fishes Inhabiting the Streams and Lakes of Illinios. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin. 35(1): 1-51.

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Maciolek, J. A. 1984. Exotic fishes in Hawaii and other islands of Oceania. Pages 131-161 in W. R. Courtenay, Jr., and J. R. Stauffer, Jr., editors. Distribution, biology, and management of exotic fishes. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Martin, C.R., and T.B. Hess. 1984. Analysis of the fish population and fishery of Lake Oconee.

Matern, S.A., P.B. Moyle, and L.C. Pierce. 2002. Native and alien fishes in a California estuarine marsh: twenty-one years of changing assemblages. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.  131: 797-816.

Matlock, G.C. 2014. The precautionary approach to non-native fisheries—the case of striped bass in Texas. Marine Policy 47:94-98.

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