Endangered Species: Roanoke Bass

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Jameson
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, U.S.A.

Roanoke Bass

Photography courtesy of Virginia's Endangered Species

Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

  Do you like fish? Well, I do. I am here talk about a fish called the Roanoke Bass. The reason I picked this fish was that I wanted to know about how its feeding habits, where it lived, and I wanted to know what the differences were between the Roanoke Bass and the regular bass.

What Was Already Known

  I already knew that bass eat small fish, and the bass was a game fish. Therefore, a lot of people caught them. That could probably be the reason for their endangerment.

Search for Information

  I searched for information in an encyclopedia. That was where I found its predators and prey, and all of the habitat needs of the Roanoke Bass. I also looked in a fish book that showed me some of the reasons for the endangerment of the Roanoke Bass.

 I did have some problems which I encountered while I was doing this research. For example, I did have some problems finding the fish on a web site on the Internet.


  The roanoke bass can get 9 to 10 inches long. That's pretty long for a freshwater fish. The Roanoke Bass can also get up to 20 pounds. Fisherman are lucky to find a fish that big!

 The shape of the bass is an oval body with with a boomeranged-shaped tail, and has a big or small mouth. The color of the Roanoke Bass is a blackish tan, but it does have scales. The tail is also a white brown and yellow color.

 Some bass form schools and live together like a family.

Habitat Requirements

  The Roanoke Bass eats small fish and little left over pieces of food that bigger fish might leave behind.

 The Roanoke Bass can only live in freshwater, because that's its habitat. The bass lives by rocks so predators could't reach it. It also lives by lilipads to keep it safe from humans.


  Its predators are fish bigger than the bass such as the muskie. Another predator are commercial fisherman, and sport fisherman.

Reasons for Endangerment

  The two main reasons the Roanoke Bass are endangered are the waters where it lives are polluted, and many people catch these bass.

Restoration Actions

  I think people need to start throwing back more Roanoke Bass, rather than keep them. A catch and release program can help save this endangered species.

The Natural Heritage Program ranks this bass ghs2, which means it is very rare.

Some actions are being taken to restore its habitat. But I still think that scientist working on the habitat should work on increasing its population.

What Was Learned

  Some research benefits to me were that when I got on the web I found a lot of imformation on the Roanoke Bass.

 I also got some self benefits, because I found a lot of information in books on the bass before I started writing the report.

Conclusions From Research

No information provided.


  Terwilliger, Karen 1991 "Virginia's Endangered Species" pages 190-191

 World Wide Web pages at this URL: www.fish.com

 World Wide Web pages at this URL: www.fishaccociate.com

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