Bass- Seven or eight black stripes, broken and above
lateral. Dark back, almost black with silvery sides and white
belly. Produced in hatcheries.
Tips: Jigs and
crank baits, live shad, and cut bait. Trolling, cast to
Fishing for wipers is typically best during the twilight hours
(sunrise and sunset). On calm summer evenings they can be seen
breaking the water surface in pursuit of schools of shad. In
the Ohio River they tend to concentrate in the tail water
outflows below the dams. In reservoirs, watch for fish
breaking the surface near points and creek mouths, and try to
make long casts into schools of feeding fish. They spend most
of their life in offshore areas, so most wipers are caught by
anglers fishing from a boat, but shore anglers occasionally
get the thrill of a lifetime when a wiper wanders close to
shore and takes their bait.
Hybrid striped bass are active
predators and can be caught on a variety of artificial, live,
or cut baits. They consume primarily gizzard shad, so just
about any artificial bait that simulates a shad will work. The
most popular artificial baits are soft plastic jerk baits,
crank baits, casting spoons, and spinner baits. Large shiners
or shad, live or cut, are also popular baits; however, if no
fish are available, chicken liver can be an effective bait as
well. Live and cut baits can be suspended under a bobber or
over the side of a boat. In tailwaters, use a large weight to
keep live or cut bait in the current below the dam outflows.
Hybrid bass are a cross between
striped bass and white bass. They were originally developed to
provide large sportfish that have the fighting quality of
striped bass and feed on open water prey fish. Hybrid bass are
stocked in waters with large populations of forage fishes and
do not appear to compete with sunfishes or black bass.
Hybrid bass are similar in
appearance to both parents. They have two patches of teeth on
their tongues like striped bass, but are deep-bodied like
white bass. The dark stripes found on hybrid bass are usually
broken into short dashes.
Hybrid bass are most often
produced from a female striped bass and a male white bass. The
young grow well in the hatchery and are usually stocked in the
fall as fingerlings.
Hybrid bass are popular
sportfish. They are hard fighting and good eating. Anglers use
the same fishing methods as those for white bass.
Morone saxatilis x Morone
Sunshine Bass, Wiper,
70 to 75
27 lbs. 5 oz. Ar.
river and lakes
light tackle, casting, fly
east of Mississippi