Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist· 42(3/4): December 2010, pp 130-137


White bass (Morone chrysops) have been introduced into all 4 South Dakota Missouri River reservoirs and compose a substantial proportion of the annual recreational harvest. To date, limited studies have examined white bass population dynamics and food habits in South Dakota Missouri River reservoirs. Our objective was to examine population dynamics and food habits of white bass in Lake Sharpe, a South Dakota mainstem Missouri River reservoir. White bass consistently consumed invertebrates during May but switched to a more piscivorous diet later in the growing season; most of the fish consumed were gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum). Information from this study adds to the body of knowledge of white bass population dynamics and their role in fish communities that is necessary for successful management of those communities.