Tommie Crawford

Suspected Natural Hybridization of Striped Bass and White Bass in Two Arkansas Reservoirs

In 1981, hybrid striped bass (Morone saxatilis x Morone chrysops) appeared in Lake Maumelle and Beaver Lake, Arkansas, both which had only been stocked with striped bass (Morone saxatilis). Therefore, it was suspected that natural hybridization might have occurred between striped bass and native populations of white bass (Morone chrysops). Scale sample analysis revealed that the hybrid striped bass collected from Lake Maumelle were from 1978 and 1979 year classes. Hybrids from the 1979 year class were collected from Beaver Lake. Review of historical stocking data did not reveal any...