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Lake: Horsetooth Reservoir
Fish: Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)

Tiny Wiper

Post By: Ismiledonce      Posted: 6/3/2020 10:00:52 AM     Points: 1745    
My buddy and I were fishing the 'tooth when he caught this little wiper. I looked up the stocking data that was available here and saw that they were last stocked in 1997. My question to anyone out there is: Have they stocked since that time? If not, how could this fish be in that lake considering that wipers do not reproduce? Someone could have planted it, I realize, but I'm trying to figure this out.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 6/3/2020 10:15:59 AM     Points: 3900
This is from the survey

Several white bass and wiper were also handled during CPW sampling in 2017. White bass maintain relatively low population numbers through natural reproduction and are caught each year. In 2016, 5,000 one inch
wiper were stocked in Horsetooth to provide a unique angling opportunity and several of those individuals
were sampled in 2017. Look for these fish to grow into a catchable size over the next few years.

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 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/3/2020 10:50:32 AM     Points: 35383
That could be a small white bass.

As I understand it, the only true way to tell is the tooth patch. Without a picture looking inside the mouth, not sure anyone can really tell.
 Reply by: Ismiledonce      Posted: 6/3/2020 10:55:06 AM     Points: 1745
Thank you for all that info! Do you guys think this could be a 3-4 year old fish? Or could this be a yearling white bass? I was under the impression that they grow incredibly fast.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 6/3/2020 10:59:24 AM     Points: 3900
Since the survey is from 2018 it's hard to say if they stocked more wipers since then. If they haven't, I would say it was a white bass.
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 6/3/2020 12:41:34 PM     Points: 2755
Could be Hybtrd wiper/whitebass, from stories I've heard.or just 1 of the many whites.
 Reply by: Fishinbud      Posted: 6/3/2020 2:13:48 PM     Points: 0
There's a MYTH out there, that you can tell a Wiper from a White Bass, just by looking at it (you cannot). Did the fish have 1, or 2 rows of teeth on its tongue? The former is a White Bass, whereas, the latter, would be a Wiper.
 Reply by: ratdog      Posted: 6/3/2020 2:36:56 PM     Points: 149
Are you sure you were not at Boyd Lake.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/3/2020 2:47:18 PM     Points: 35383
^^ Sure does look a lot more like the Boyd inlet than anywhere on HT I know of...
 Reply by: scchase      Posted: 6/3/2020 3:16:44 PM     Points: 0
Not the Boyd inlet for sure, Boyd inlet the rocks extend all the way down into the water, or there is a bridge depending on which one.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 6/3/2020 6:00:38 PM     Points: 65559
Wiper and looks like horse shoe lake.
 Reply by: Gatorsmj      Posted: 6/6/2020 3:26:40 PM     Points: 171
Thatís in the north cove near the north boat ramp , definitely Horsetooth
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 6/6/2020 3:30:47 PM     Points: 70778
congratulations on a fun catch.

To the rest of you.. you all know it's Monument!
 Reply by: Matt17Verse27      Posted: 6/6/2020 6:37:31 PM     Points: 216
That is definitely a wiper. See the broken steriod lines?

They probably socked a set number for forage control like they did with that one smaller lake in longmont/boulder.

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