Stripers do very well living an entirely freshwater existence. Since the early 1900’s, efforts have been made to introduce these fish to large lakes and reservoirs across the country.
In these entirely freshwater environments, stripers spend their year in the main body of the lake but go up into streams and inlets to spawn. These fish can reach massive size and are pound-for-pound one of the strongest fighting freshwater fish you can catch.
Hybrid striped bass also known as “wipers” are hybrids of striped bass and white bass. They are commonly stocked in lakes and reservoirs nationwide. To tell them apart, look at their shape and coloration. Striped bass sleeker, larger, and have continuous black stripes on their sides.
Hybrid stripers are stockier in shape (similar to a largemouth bass) and have stripes or lines on their sides that are broken vice continuous.