Illustration by Duane Raver
Scientific Name: Morone saxatilis x Morone chrysops
Classification: Game Fish
Abundance: Stocked in several Piedmont reservoirs.
Sport Fish Profile (pdf)
Bodie bass (Photo: NCWRC)
The Bodie Bass (striped bass hybrid) is a cross between a male White Bass and a female Striped Bass. Its color is gray to steel blue above, with white-to pale-green sides. Its appearance is very similar to the striped bass, but the Bodie bass has a deeper body and broken stripes or lines on the sides. The Striped Bass has stripes that are more distinct and solid. Striped bass hybrids grow very fast and rarely reproduce. They are reared in hatcheries owned by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and stocked in several lakes for recreational fishing. Bodie Bass are very similar to Striped Bass and White Bass in their habitat preferences and feeding habits. They are found primarily in open waters, where they search for forage fish such as shad. Although these fish may not get as big as Striped Bass, individuals larger than 10 pounds are common.
Inland Fishing Regulations
Regulatory authority between the Wildlife Resources Commission and Division of Marine Fisheries. Inland game fish regulations include Manner of Taking, Seasons and Using Trotlines and Set-hooks.
Warmwater Game Fish
Game fish size and creel limits. Also, Bass and Morone (striped bass) Identification Charts.
Live shad, minnows or lures that imitate minnows often work well. Bank fishing with chicken livers is also a popular angling method.
Striped bass hybrids are currently stocked in Moss Reservoir, Oak Hollow Lake, Lake Townsend, Lake Thom-A-Lex, Salem Lake and W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.
Where to Fish
NC Freshwater Fishing State Record Program
NC Angler Recognition Program (NCARP)