Family: Moronidae

Common Family: The Temperate Bass Family

Common Name: Hybrid Striped Bass

Scientific Name: Morone saxatilis x M. chrysops


Hybrid striped bass are a cross between striped bass and white bass. They look similar too white bass, but generally have bolder stripes that are broken in several places, and hybrids have a little deeper body than white bass. Hybrid striped bass greater than 15 inches in length are common.

Range and Habitat: 

Indiana’s hybrid striped bass stocking program began in 1983. Since then, hybrids have been stocked into nine impoundments throughout the state. Successful populations were established at six of those lakes totaling 19,548 acres. These include Lake Freeman, Lake Shafer, and Mississinewa Reservoir in northern Indiana, Eagle Creek Reservoir and Cagle’s Mill Reservoir in central Indiana, and Monroe Reservoir in Southern Indiana. In addition, hybrid striped bass populations have been established in the Tippecanoe River with fish emigrating from Freeman and Shafer lakes. Hybrid have also been reported in the White, Wabash and Ohio rivers and several of their tributaries.

Fishing Facts:

Hybrids may be found in a variety of habitats. In some lakes they may prefer fairly flat, shallow, sandy areas. In other lakes, typically the larger reservoirs, they may prefer the more rocky habitats located directly above or below the dams. Best fishing for hybrid striped bass occurs just after sundown or in the early morning just before sunrise. They are caught primarily on artificial baits which resemble gizzard shad. Imitation shad that rattle have proven to be successful at many lakes. In addition, many anglers have been successful using live bait such as night crawlers or soft craws.

Similar Species: 

See descriptions for white bass and striped bass.