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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
Division of Fish and Wildlife Fishing
Regulations & License Fees
Common names: Hybrid striped bass, Wiper, Sunshine
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.
Stripers in Ohio
Ohio Striper Fishing Rivers &
Hybrid Striped Bass -
New Cumberland Pool , Jefferson ,
Columbiana Co. - 13 Mi.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Robert C. Byrd 740-256-6311
North East Ohio Public Striped
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
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.
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
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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