Know the Difference: White Bass and Hybrid Striper

Release Date: 11/29/2011

(Nov. 29, 2011) –Many anglers have a difficult time distinguishing the differences amongst the true bass family. Striped bass, white bass and yellow bass all have stripes and look fairly similar when they’re the same size. Many of Louisiana’s lakes also have a hybrid between a white bass and a striper, which shares characteristics of both species. 

The hybrid species 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. 

The key identifying characteristics of the hybrid striper and white bass and how you can tell the difference between these two species of fish can be referenced on the attached chart. (click here)  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 us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For media inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-5113.

 

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