Hampton M. Williams

Characteristics for Distinguishing White Bass, Striped Bass and Their Hybrid (Striped Bass x White Bass)

Previously reported meristics, made from small specimens of these fishes, were found to be inadequate for positive indentification; therefore, new methods and means of measurement were investigated. Measurements were taken from 214 white bass Marone chrysops (Raflnesque), 224 striped bass Marone saxatilis (Walbaum), and 204 hybrids (striped bass xwhite bass) from six upstate South Carolina reservoirs. The fish were from numerous year classes and both sexes. Specimens ranged in length from 127mm. to 889mm. and weighed from 23 grams to 8,172 grams. Fork length body depth and body depth head...


Preliminary Fecundity Studies Of The Hybrid (Striped Bass X White Bass) In Two South Carolina Reservoirs

The ovaries of 28 mature female hybrids, striped bass Morone saxatilis (Walbaum) X white bass Morone chrysops (Rafinesque) from Lakes Hartwell and Clark Hill were utilized in determining fecundity in this oviparous species. These data were collected from all year classes present that were sexually mature, which included year classes I, II, and III. No females of year class 0 were captured during these studies. Many hybrid males one year of age were caught at the spawning grounds and specimens as small as 269 mm in total length appeared to be sexually mature. Female hybrids as...


Preliminary Studies Of Certain Aspects Of The Life History Of The Hybrid (Striped Bass X White Bass) In Two South Carolina Reservoirs

From 1967 through the spring of 1970 Lakes Hartwell and Clark Hill on the upper Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina have been stocked with the striped bass Roccus saxatilis (Walbaum) X white bass, Roccus chrysops (RaFinesque) hybrids. A total of 30,000 fingerlings and 26,120,000 fry have thus far been introduced. Approximately 130 hybrids were captured during a one year period (196970) of which 87 were examined for age, growth rate, food habits and meristic characters. The average total lengths for three year classes were 12.6, 17.2 and 20.2 inches respectively and...