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Ohio state record Striped Bass
37.10 41 1/4" West Branch Reservoir Mark Chuifo, Ravenna July 2, 1993

Ohio state record hybrid striper
17.68 31" Deer Creek Lake Rosemary Shaver, Logan May 4, 2001

Ohio Division of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations & License Fees

OHIO HYBRIDS

Common names: Hybrid striped bass, Wiper, Sunshine bass

Scientific names: Morone saxatilis x M. chrysops

IDENTIFICATION: Hybrid striped bass are a silver deep-bodied fish, similar to white bass. Stripes along sides and back are distinct, usually broken, with several extending to the tail. Teeth on the base of the tongue are arranged in two parallel patches.

RANGE AND HABITAT: The hybrid striped bass is created by crossing a female striped bass with a male white bass. They have been stocked into reservoirs and rivers throughout the Midwest and southeastern United States. Hybrid stripers often use open water habitat, and are more tolerant of warmer water than striped bass.

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Ohio Striper Fishing Rivers & Impoundments

Ohio River Hybrid Striped Bass - New Cumberland Pool , Jefferson , Columbiana Co. - 13 Mi. 1,970 AC.
Stream confluences in the upper pool are good areas to fish. Fish will be in the 12-15" size range with some weighing up to 5 lbs. Use spoons, spinners, and twister tail jigs. May, June, and August are the best months to fish.

Pike Island Pool , Belmont, Jefferson Co. - 30 Mi. 4,604 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Fishing for hybrid striped bass is better in the upper half of the pool. Warm water discharges in this area as well as stream confluences and below the New Cumberland tailwaters are good areas to fish. Most fish will be in the 10-17" size range. May, June, and August are good months to fish. Spoons, rattling type crankbaits, pencil type topwaters, and minnows are good baits to use.

Hannibal Pool Monroe, Belmont Co. - 42 MI. 5,844 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Stream confluences and warm water discharges in the upper 2/3 of the pool are good areas to try as well as the Pike Island tailwaters. Most fish will be in the 10-18" size range with some up to 27". April, May, and September are good months to fish. Small spoons, jigs tipped with sassy shad and spinner baits work well here.

Willow Island Pool Washington, Monroe Co. - 36 MI. 5,453 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Most fish are caught in the upper end of the pool. The Hannibal tailwaters, island backchannel areas, and old lock and dam sites along the main river channel are good areas to fish. Most fish will be in the 10-23" size range. April, June, and July are good months to fish. Try using chicken liver, pencil type topwater baits, and jigs

Belleville Pool Meigs, Athens, Washington Co. - 41 Mi. 7,153 AC
Hybrid Striped Bass - The best fishing areas for Hybrid striped bass are in the upper pool. Angler success has been most effective at Willow Island tailwater and near the Lafayette Hotel at the Muskingum River confluence. Try fishing near the Willow Island tailwaters and near stream and river confluences. Most fish will be in the 16-23" size range with some weighing up to 9 lbs. April, May, and June are good months to fish. Try using chicken liver, gizzard shad, and pencil type topwater baits.

Racine Pool Meigs Co. - 34 MI. 4,896 AC
Hybrid Striped Bass - Most fish are caught in the upper pool. Try fishing near stream confluences, old lock and dam sites along the main river channel, and below the Belleville tailwaters. Fish will be in the 12-20" size range. April, May, and June are good months to fish. Small spoons and twistertail jigs are good lures to use.

Gallipolis Pool Gallia, Meigs Co. - 42 MI. 6,400 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Good; Most hybrid striped bass are caught in the upper half of the pool. Fish near warmwater discharges, stream confluences, and below the Racine tailwaters. April, May, and June are good months to fish. Try using spoons, jigs, and minnows.

Greenup Pool
Gallia, Lawrence, Scioto Co. - 62 MI. 11,200 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Most hybrid striped bass are caught in the upper pool. Stream confluences and warmwater discharges are good areas to fish as well as the Gallipolis tailwaters. Fish will average around 14" in length. April and June are good months to fish. Shad and chubs are the preferred baits. OUTLOOK - GOOD
White Bass - Fish in the same areas as for hybrid striped bass. Most fish will be in the 7-12" size range. May, June, October, and November are good months to fish. Try using small jigs, minnows, and spinners.

Meldahl Pool Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto Co. - 95 Mi. 21,700 AC
Striped Bass - Fish near stream confluences and warmwater discharges. Most fish will be in the 18-24" size range. May and October are good months to fish. Skipjack herring and pencil type topwater baits work well. Striped bass have been stocked annually by the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources since 1975.

Hybrid Striped Bass - Fish in the same areas as white bass. Most fish will be in the 8-20" size range with some up to 9 pounds. May, June, and July are good months to fish with fishing picking up again in September. Try casting along the dam wall and hold shad on the bottom with a 1 oz. sinker and a 15-20 lb line leader. One successful rig is a bobber with a 3 ft. leader baited with 8” white rattlesnake artificial baits retrieved in a jerky fashion.

Markland Pool Hamilton, Clermont Co.. - 55 Mi. 1,200 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Fish near stream confluences, warmwater discharges, and below the Meldahl tailwaters. Most fish will be in the 16-20" size range. May, June, and August are good months to fish. Try using minnows, small jigs, and crankbaits.

White Bass - White bass can be caught in the same areas as hybrid striped bass. Most fish will be in the 9-13" size range. May, June, and September are good months to fish. Try using small jigs, minnows, and spinners.

Striped Bass - Striped bass can be caught trolling and casting near stream confluences and trolling near drop-offs in the main river channel. They can also be caught below the Meldahl tailwaters. Most fish will be in the 12-23" size range with some up to 15 lbs. Crankbaits are good for trolling, live bait such as skipjack herring and gizzard shad can be good to use as well as pencil type topwater baits.


Mad River


Muskingum River Hybrid Striped Bass - Marietta Pool (Devola Tailwater), WASHINGTON CO.- 5.8 MI. 375 AC.

Fishing is fair at the tailwater in April and May. Hybrids will average 11 to 15 inches. Fish with spoons, spinners, and twister tail jigs. Fishing will be best near the tailwater and in moderate current.

Comments - A cooperative effort among the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, ODNR-Division of Parks and Recreation, and the ODNR-Division of Wildlife resulted in the construction of a shoreline angler access facility in 2001. This facility is also designed to enhance river bank stability.

Devola Pool (Lowell Tailwater) , WASHINGTON CO.- 8.4 MI. 525 AC
Hybrid Striped Bass - Most of the stripers are caught June through October. Fishing is best at the tailwater, stream confluences, or places with moderate current. Stripers will average 15 inches in length. Try fishing spoons, twister tail jigs, rubber shad, crankbaits, and surface plugs.

The following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam offices can provide information on Ohio River water levels, flow rates, dam gate openings, and restrictions.

New Cumberland 740-537-2571
Pike Island 304-277-2240
Hannibal 740-483-2305
Willow Island 740-374-8710
304-665-2520
Belleville740-378-6110
740-378-6394
Racine304-882-2118
740-247-3130
Robert C. Byrd 740-256-6311
Greenup 606-473-7441
304-576-2272
Meldahl 513-876-2921

North East Ohio Public Striped Bass Fishing
Ohio River Columbiana and Jefferson counties
Hybrid striped bass —Fishing can be exceptional at times, with many fish taken at warmwater discharges during the fall and winter. Fishing below the lock chambers tends to be good in general. While the white bass will usually range from 6” to 12” (well less than a pound), hybrid striped bass will oftentimes range from 3 pounds to 10 pounds. A total of 50,562 fingerlings (1”+) were stocked in the New Cumberland Pool while the Pike Island Pool received 41,239 fingerlings (1”+) in 2003.

North West Ohio Public Striper Fishing
Charles Mill Lake Hybrid Striped Bass – Excellent population, 12 – 22”. Try trolling in summer and jigging or nightcrawlers along the shoreline in spring and fall, especially in deeper water near the Marina. Anglers also have excellent luck fishing chicken livers on the bottom from both shore and boats.


Central Ohio Public Striper Fishing
Buckeye Lake Hybrid striped bass - In 2000, 189,000 reciprocal hybrids (female white bass x male striped bass) were stocked for the first time. Previously, original hybrid striped bass (male white bass x female striped bass were stocked. In 2001, original hybrids (73,000) and reciprocal hybrids (167,000) fingerlings were stocked. In 2002, 121,000 reciprocal hybrids were stocked and in 2003, hatchery production was excellent with 329,000 reciprocal hybrids stocked. Hybrids in Buckeye Lake grow to about 6" their first year, to 15" their second year, and to about 20" at the end of three years. State record is 17 pounds – caught in Deer Creek Lake in 2001. Some hybrids have been taken through the ice. Try using chicken livers in all areas of the lake.

Kiser Lake Hybrid striped bass – strong, underutilized population. Stocking began in 1992, continues annually. Some fish now 26" and 14 pounds. Double stocking (19,500) fingerlings in 2003. Try chicken livers fished on the bottom.

South East Ohio Public Striped Bass Fishing
Seneca Lake Striped Bass - The population of this sport fish is expanding due to annual stockings. A 1-fish daily limit with a 26" minimum length limit went into effect March 1, 1995. Individuals up to 38" were recorded in 1994.

Comments : Christmas trees were placed in 1999 and additional trees were placed in January 2002 and 2004.

5 yr. Stocking Summary: ~2.146M fingerling walleye; ~1.135M fingerling saugeye; ~391.1K fingerling striped bass.

 

South West Ohio Public Striper Fishing
East Fork Lake Clermont County 2,160 acres
Hybrid Striped Bass - Stocked over 9.3 million fry since 1995. Also stocked about 100,000 fingerlings in 2003. Most fish 10-20"; creel survey in 1994 indicated average size of hybrid kept was 19", largest caught was 26" and 12 pounds. Fishing with live shad (3-5") and softcraws at 10-20 foot depths works well. Anglers obtain live shad by using cast nets. Cast jigs or surface plugs when hybrids chase shad at the surface. Anglers are encouraged to cut the line on deeply hooked hybrids to be released back into the lake.

 

 

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