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Striped b [no swearing please] a hybrid fish?
And are they exclusive to salt water?
The striped bass, Morone saxatilis - also known in the Chesapeake Bay as striper, rockfish, linesider, roller, squidhound and greenhead-has been one of the most sought-after commercial and recreational finfish in the Bay since colonial times.

The striper's habitat reaches from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to the St. John's River in Florida; and from Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana to the open waters of the Atlantic.

Striped b [no swearing please] variously appear to be light green, olive, steel blue, brown or black. They earn their name from the seven or eight continuous stripes that mark their silvery sides, extending from the gills to the tail. Their undersides are usually white or silver, with a brassy iridescence.
Mature stripers are known for their size (they've even been known to reach 100 pounds and nearly five feet in length) and fighting ability.
Life Cycle

Life for the striped b [no swearing please] begins in the estuary; at one time the Chesapeake Bay was the spawning ground for nearly 90 percent of the Atlantic population.
The migratory behavior of coastal striped b [no swearing please] is more complex than that of many other anadromous fish, which spend most of their adult lives in the ocean but migrate up rivers and streams to spawn. Their seasonal movements depend on their age, sex, degree of maturity and the river in which they were born.
In late winter mature striped b [no swearing please] begin to move from the ocean into tidal freshwater to spawn. Spawning is triggered by an increase in water temperature and generally occurs in April, May and early June in the Chesapeake Bay.
Female striped b [no swearing please] may spawn as early as age 4, but a year cl [no swearing please] may not reach complete sexual maturity until age 8 or older. By contrast, most male stripers reach sexual maturity at age 2 or 3.
Shortly after spawning, mature fish return to the coast. Most spend summer and early fall months in middle New England near-shore waters. In late fall and early winter they migrate south off the North Carolina and Virginia capes.
Incubation, Hatching and Larval Stages

Striped b [no swearing please] eggs hatch 29 to 80 hours after fertilization, depending on the water temperature. Larvae at this point have an average size of 3.1 mm.
The mouth forms in two to four days, and the eyes are unpigmented.
The larvae are nourished by a large yolk mass. Eggs produced by female stripers weighing 10 pounds or more contain greater amounts of yolk and oil reserve and have a greater probability of hatching.
The larvae's survival depends primarily upon events during the first three weeks of life.
Typically striped b [no swearing please] larvae begin feeding about five days after hatching, depending on water temperature.
Eggs and newly hatched larvae require sufficient turbulence to remain suspended in the water column; otherwise, they will settle to the bottom and be smothered.
As the larvae grow, they can be found at progressively deeper levels of the water column.
Young stripers tend to move downstream to areas of higher salinity. Some less than 2 years old migrate along the Atlantic Coast, but many do not migrate until age 3, and most remain in the river system in which they were spawned.

Estuaries are vital to the life cycle of striped bass, which use them as spawning grounds and nurseries.
Mature stripers are found in and around inshore habitats as well, including areas off sandy beaches and along rocky shorelines, in shallow water or deep trenches, and in rivers and the open Bay.
Any significant habitat alterations have the potential to disrupt the life cycle of the striped bass.
Striped b [no swearing please] larvae feed primarily on copepods (crustaceans) in both larval and mature stages, and cladocerans (water fleas).
Juvenile stripers eat insect larvae, larval fish, mysids (shrimplike crustaceans) and amphipods (tiny scavenging crustaceans that lack a carapace and have laterally flattened bodies).
Adults are piscivorous, or fish-eaters. In summer and fall, stripers consume Bay anchovy and Atlantic menhaden; in winter they eat larval and juvenile spot and Atlantic croaker; and in spring they feed on white perch, alewives and blueback herring.

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there are hybrid stripers but there are also just stripers. stripers are saltwater fish but they do come up the delaware river as well to spawn i think. so they are not just saltwater fish. i know you live in high bridge so you have some good hybrid stripers right by you at spruce run.

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Striped bass, like in the picture are a natural pure strain. They live in salt water but spawn in rivers. They have also been stocked in larger lakes throughout the US. They can grow to 50+ pounds and the World record is in the 80's (caught off of NJ)

There is also a fish called the Hybrid Striper. It's a cross between a Striped B [no swearing please] and a White Bass. Many NJ lakes are stocked with these. In my opinion they are pound for pound the hardest fighting fish in fresh water. They can grow to over 10 lbs (usually 7-9).
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