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White Bass/hybrid Fishing On The Mississippi River


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A buddy of mine caught a half dozen fish this size out of the Mississippi River last weekend. We again tried one night this week but couldn’t find any. Fishing for White Bass/Hybrid is new to me. Is this a pretty good size for a hybrid? I recall someone posting pictures last year of some Stripers, Whites caught near St Louis. I’d love to learn a little more about this if anyone has any advice.

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If that's average, i want to fish with you and your friend. Whites and hybrids are mobile but a little more predictable this time of year. Wherever your friend was, fish between there and the nearest tributary. They cant spawn but think they can. Bird's advice about current breaks is gold.

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They cant spawn but think they can.

I always thought that too, but apparently in the big rivers they are quite successful at spawning.

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I've often wondered about that wrench. The party line from MDC is that they don't spawn and that the population in the big rivers is overflow from the reservoirs and rivers where they are stocked. I'm with you, though. There are too many in too many places for me to believe it.

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Yea, where in the world could a fish caught on the Alton IL river front have been stocked?

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I don't know if they spawn successfully, but they are fertile and evidently are successful in some reservoirs.

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The comment had nothing to do with where these fish were caught (information which wasn't available in the original post). The fish are all through the Missouri River system from STL up to KC (at least). The only stock points in that area to my knowledge are around STL(if Illinois does it) and the overflow fish from LOZ in the Osage. I'm curious to know if there are other stocking points. Apparantly there is some natural reproduction and current is necessary: http://www.arkansasstripers.com/hybrid-striped-bass-spawning-habits.htm

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Illinois stocks them into the Mississippi river by the Quad cities, plus a crap load of lakes along larger interior rivers. Missouri stocks them in quite a few lakes, as does Iowa, kentucky, and quite a few other states up the Ohio river. They will travel a LONG ways in river systems, and they are notorious for leaving lakes. I have caught all three species out of Mississippi river feeder streams in watersheds with no hybrid or striper stocking. Some of them get really BIG!

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I have caught these at three locations, chain of rocks, alton dam and cuivre river. We'll get a few while trying to catch white bass. I was at the cuivre last thursday and had no luck with either.

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I too have always heard that one the negatives to stocking them is the fact that they are wanderlust.

I wonder if they eat small Asian carp.

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I too have always heard that one the negatives to stocking them is the fact that they are wanderlust.

I wonder if they eat small Asian carp.

I eat the asian carp. Theyre mighty tasty when the waters cold and when theyre big enough to filet. as far as whites eatin em, dont know. Would have to speculate they do. Thats only based on the fact I ve used the asian carp as cut bait with as good as results as shad

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I think everything is gorging on Asians.

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Anyone fishing for hybrids whites around chain of rocks

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I used to fish a lot In the. the winter howeever I spent my time below below Carksville. That would seem like a hell of a area to nail some. Those rock jetties they have out in to the river for channel control would seem like hot spots anywhere on the river. Many a time I caught a pile of white and tellows of those things. If I was going to use a bair I would pick a golden eye. everything seem to be anything the river seems to love them. A neighbor and i caught 62 walleye and sauger without fishing from just one spot on the Illinois side right below Clarksville. Clarksville was one of those places I considered retiring.

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Sounds phenomenal! I'm gonna hit the Mississippi in the morn and try for walleye whites hybrids. I'm hearing rumors and seeing pictures so I gotta go see for myself I know there is some good fish swimming up the meramec out of the Mississippi but the flow is too much for my liking.

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Hogwally--- Jist be careful of the tow boats. That is kind of silly for me to say. I can remember being about 14 yrs old and running up behind tows jumping their wakes in a old wooden runabout.

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Barges! It's a staging area for the lock so it was very turbulent. Did catch a trophy size wiper for the river. It was bursting with eggs Water was 59 degrees.

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Hybrid stripers are in every river and significant lake in the state, if for no other reason than that they are a popular fish for stocking in ponds, and they leave those ponds and head downstream whenever there's enough rain to get them over a pond spillway. I have hybrid stripers in my pond--and a good number of them have ended up swimming in Perche Creek. From Perche Creek, they can roam over most of the continental United States.

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