Ah, the freshwater bass, the animal you used to catch and kill with dad, before he ran off with the neighbor's wife and you never saw him again. Don't let those old emotional wounds stop you from eating bass, though -- for some reason, the humble bass is relegated to fish fries and cookouts, even though it's got a mild flavor, is abundant across America, and is incredibly sustainable. There aren't even any decent stock photos of largemouth or smallmouth bass -- who knows what's shown above, probably some radioactive amphibious creature fished out of the Danube by a desperate stock photographer.
Would it help if we called it something Japanese, like suzuki? Perhaps! The point is that you shouldn't be so picky about your proteins, and there's plenty of bass to go around. Until a chef embraces it as a "hot" local ingredient, you might as well bread and fry it like they did in the good old days.