How to identify a Wiper
The wiper’s appearance is intermediate between the two parents. It has six to eight dark horizontal stripes over a silver-white background with a dark charcoal to black back. It has two dorsal fins, the anterior with 8-10 sharp spines. It is slightly heavier bodied than the striped bass and grows up to 12 pounds in weight and 24 inches in length. Some specimens are known to reach weights of over 20 pounds.
Where to catch Wiper
Wipers can be found all across the continental United States as a result of fish hatcheries. The wiper is actually a cross between a striped bass and a white bass. This cross, sometimes referred to as the ‘original cross,’ was first produced in South Carolina in the mid-1960’s using eggs from the striped bass and sperm from a white bass. The wiper has gained widespread acceptance as a sport fish, particularly in the large reservoirs of the southeast where it is extensively stocked because of the abundance of forage fish. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: