Whiterock Bass Features and Size
During spring and summer, insects become a top food as they are in abundance.
Whiterock bass are generally thicker, stouter fish, compared to their striper and white bass parents. They are a very strong fish that also grows large in comparison to the white bass, which is another reason that they are so popular among anglers. They provide great sport. However, it is much smaller in size that that of the striped bass which can grow as large as fifty pounds.
Their size, also makes them a natural predator, and wipers are known to wander to deeper waters to forage for stray bait fish that find their way out of their normal routines. Some will argue that this assists in maintaining the natural balance of the ecosystem, while others will put forth the argument that competition for forage, especially with reference to the largemouth bass, is made more difficult by the more aggressive wiper.
We’ve mentioned that the wiper is generally a stockier, stouter hybrid, however, with this comes a shorter length and a greater birth. Colouring is very similar to that of the Striped Bass as well as the white bass, though all whiterock bass have broken lateral lines.
Whiterock Bass have an extremely fast growth rate in their first year. They can grow from one to four inches in a month and be as long as 15 inches in just over a year. When they reach 18 inches, they weigh on average three pounds, but can reach as high as five pounds.
However, one of the parents of the Whiterock Bass, the Striped Bass, grows to a very large size of fifty pounds with them easily reaching over 30 pounds in most places.
As the Whiterock Bass is related to the white bass, food preferences and habits are pretty much identical. Whiterock Bass go for all the same baits, however, if fathead minnows are in abundance, then focus on using fathead minnows.
During spring and summer, insects become a top food as they are in abundance. Look for the bass under trees along sure lines as they fall into the water off trees. However, as summer gets on and the water heats up, the white bass head for deeper water and spend less time in the shallows.