HYBRID STRIPED BASS (Merone saxatilis x Merone chrysops)
ALIAS: Wiper, striper, white rock bass
IDENTIFICATION: Broken stripes run along the sides and back of this deep-bodied, silver fish. Appearance is a mixture of striped and white bass.
DIET: Insects, bluegill, small fish such as golden shiners and commercial fish food.
SPAWNING: Does not naturally occur; fish removed must be re-stocked over time.
FISHING TIPS: Crank baits and live baits such as nightcrawlers and baitfish are effective for hybrid striped bass. Since they are a schooling fish, bites often come fast and furious.
Prohibited Statewide: Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii.