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State record Hybrid bass caught on Bull Shoals


Hybrids are a cross between Striped bass and White bass. Arkansas hatcheries usually use Striped bass females and White bass males to produce this cross. The broodstock are collected from the wild then manually spawned. Arkansas Game & Fish Commission stocks around 25,000 Hybrids in Lake Norfork every year.

Hybrids don’t live as long or grow as fast as Stripers, averaging a little under 2 pounds per year in Lake Norfork. Ironically, the Arkansas state record Hybrid, at 22 pounds 13 oz., was caught in Bull Shoals lake. Although no Hybrids were ever stocked in Bull Shoals, some were thought to have escaped during a rearing experiment at the Pot Shoals Net Pen facility on Bull Shoals in 1984. It is also possible that this particular fish traveled from Beaver Lake, through Table Rock Lake, through Lake Taneycomo, and then into Bull Shoals. Hybrids in the 12 to 16 pound size group are commonly caught on Lake Norfork.