A large segment of Louisiana’s freshwater fishing community has become obsessed with black bass, almost to the exclusion of interest in other fish. Two species of black bass live in Louisiana waters, the largemouth and the spotted. Both of them, as well as the cooler-water smallmouth black bass, which is not found in the state, are eligible for entry in Bass Angler Sportsman Society tournaments.
Lost in the furor over competitive black bass fishing are three other species of bass native to the state: yellow bass, white bass and striped bass. The three species, along with their Atlantic Coast cousin, the white perch (not what we call white perch in Louisiana), make up the family Moronidae, commonly called temperate basses. […]