Larger Stripers eat about 5% of their body weight per day. Striped Bass have feeding periods like any other fish. They
feed most actively at dusk and dawn, although some feeding occurs throughout the day.
During the midsummer they tend to become more nocturnal.Striped bass feed on prey as small as
fresh water shrimp in Lake Ouachita up to large Lake Shad in the 15 inch length.
If Dissolved Oxygen levels in the water column Temperature they prefer get low they all but stop feeding.
The natural foods of the Striped Bass include a variety of zooplankton, insects, crustaceans, and fish.
Previous food habit studies have shown they seem to prefer schooling baitfish, particularly Shad.
Does the large and
growing striped bass population pose a threat to other fish populations through their feeding
Food requirements of the Striped Bass will depend upon many factors within the water body,
- Fish size
- Availability of food source and others.
- Larger Stripers eat about 5% of their body weight per day.
Nutritional Requirements of Striped Bass
45 + % protein, 8 + % fat
35 + % protein, 6 + % fat
32 + % protein, 4-10% fat
Third Report to the Fish Farmers, SRAC #302 :
Culture and Propagation of Striped Bass and Its Hybrids, Harrell R.M., et al.,:
Striped Bass Committee, Southern Division, American Fisheries Society, 1990,:
Bethesda, MD. Hybrid Striped Bass: A National First, Easley, J.E., National
Coastal Resources Research and Development Institute News, Newport, OR, 4(2) pp.
Striped Bass and Its Hybrids, Smith, T.I.J., World Aquaculture, 20(1) pp. 32-38,
Commercial Culture of Hybrid Striped Bass: Status and Potential, Van Olst, J.C.
& J.M. Carlberg, Aquaculture Magazine, 16(1) pp. 49-59, 1990.