How Much Does a Striped Bass Eat?

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.
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.

Striped bass feed on prey as small as fresh water shrimp in Lake Ouachita up to large Lake Shad in the 15 inch length.
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 habits?

Food requirements of the Striped Bass will depend upon many factors within the water body,

  • Stress
  • Fish size
  • Temperature
  • Oxygen
  • Availability of food source and others.
  • Larger Stripers eat about 5% of their body weight per day.

Nutritional Requirements of Striped Bass

  • Larvae:
    45 + % protein, 8 + % fat
  • Fingerlings:
    35 + % protein, 6 + % fat
  • Adults:
    32 + % protein, 4-10% fat

References:

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. 1-5, 1989.:
Striped Bass and Its Hybrids, Smith, T.I.J., World Aquaculture, 20(1) pp. 32-38, 1989.
Commercial Culture of Hybrid Striped Bass: Status and Potential, Van Olst, J.C. & J.M. Carlberg, Aquaculture Magazine, 16(1) pp. 49-59, 1990.

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