Bass, Hybrid Striped
A hybrid striped bass, also known as a wiper or whiterock bass, is a hybrid between the striped bass and the white bass. It can be distinguished from the striped bass by broken rather than solid horizontal stripes on the body. The Hybrid can withstand temperature extremes and lower disolved oxygen thus making it more suitable for pond culture than either of its parents. Almost every state in the southern region has hybrid striped bass producers, but most of the production is in Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Hybrids appear to be attracted to flowing water. Tailwater areas below dams are good fishing locations when water is flowing either through the spillway gates or turbines of the dam. Also, natural springs and the mouths of feeder creeks after heavy rains can attract hybrids.
They do well in slow moving streams, large reservoirs, lakes and ponds. They are seldom found in extremely shallow areas or areas that contain dense growth of aquatic weeds. They are generally most active during periods of low light such as dawn and dusk. Beginning in late winter they tend to concentrate in deep areas near inflowing streams and in the spring may undergo spawning migrations into upstream areas.
Stocked in reservoirs and water bodies ranging from British Columbia to south of the border between the United States and Mexico for their hardy nature and longevity. Found where white and striped bass populations occur.