Distinguishing Hybrid Stripers From Other Bass
Fish ID chart.
Many anglers have a difficult time distinguishing the differences between striped bass, yellow bass and white bass. That's understandable, seeing as how they all have stripes and look fairly similar when they're the same size.
To make matters worse, many of Louisiana's lakes also have a hybrid between a white bass and a striper, which shares characteristics of both species.
The hybrid striper was recently stocked in the Calcasieu River and is similar in appearance, size, and behavior to the native white bass.
Harvest regulations differ for each species, so anglers should have a clear understanding of the identification differences in the fish and harvest regulations. Even with the best intentions, it is easy to go over the limit if the fish is improperly identified. Louisiana regulations allow for the harvest of 50 white bass per day but only five hybrid stripers per day.
Refer to the chart above to help you learn the key identifying characteristics of the hybrid striper and white bass. Anglers who are unsure of which species they have caught can bring the fish to an LDWF district office for a positive identification.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.