Hybrid Striped Bass (Morone hybrid)
Other Common Names
hybrid, hybrid striper
This is a striped bass x white bass cross, with a body shape between that of striper and white bass. Silvery-white with up to 8 dark broken stripes; first stripe below lateral line complete to tail. Tongue tooth patches are intermediate between white and striped bass. Typically less than 10 lbs.
Lakes: Claytor and Flannagan.
Tackle and techniques very similar to striped bass, but often with a little lighter tackle. Shiners and a variety of spoons, crankbaits, and jigs are favorite baits.
They travel in schools, feeding heavily on young shad, but consume a variety of other prey.
Currently only stocked in Claytor and Flannagan reserviors. Hybrids are schooling fish of open waters, similar to the parental species. They are more tolerant of warmer water than striped bass, so they can opften be found at the surface or in shallow to moderate water depths during the day.