There are white bass, striped bass and then there are the hybrid bass. The hybrids have many names, adding to the confusion. We will provide a brief description of each below.
The Striped Bass is truly a saltwater fish that migrates into freshwater to reproduce. Many were landlocked by dams. Some stripers have adapted and reproduce in these waters. Far more are stocked than occur naturally. Look for straight stripes on their sides. Try fishing buck-tail Road Runners around dams in freshwater. Trolling Road Runners is effective in both fresh and salt waters.
While White bass are smaller, they are far more prolific. White bass are widely distributed throughout the United States. Colors range from a silvery to a dark grey to green back with many stripes. They are better known as “sand bass” in Texas. Our favorite Road Runner in swifter waters is the willow bladed version. The white bass is often poached and served with melted butter. This recipe called “poor man’s shrimp” is very popular as an appetizer.
Hybrid striped bass are a crossbreed between the white and striped bass. They share the shape of a striped bass while sporting broken lines down their sides. Other names include; wiper, sunshine bass, Cherokee bass, and the Bodie bass in North Carolina. (In our boat, we call them “Franken bass”.) They are excellent fighters and make great table fare. 1/8th and 1/4 ounce Road Runners, especially with a willow blade are the best producer.
The aforementioned species are of the marone genus and not to be confused with the largemouth bass of the micropterus genus.
Good fishing, -TJ