CEDAR CITY – Two young women exceeded the state record for biggest catch of hybrid striped bass, or wiper, recently in Iron County, with one earning bragging rights to the title.
Haydee Bullard and Rennen Halladay each caught a wiper weighing in over 12 pounds, surpassing the previous state record of 11 pounds, Regional Aquatics Manager Richard Hepworth, with Division of Wildlife Resources, said.
Bullard, who caught a 14-pound fish, now holds the standing record, while Halladay holds second with a 12.05-pound fish.
The winning fish came out of Newcastle Reservoir, home to some very large hybrid striped bass, also called wipers.
DWR biologists stocked the wipers in the reservoir in 2005 to help control golden shiners, a fish species that had been illegally introduced to the basin several years ago.
“The shiners were illegally brought in from Lake Mead and dumped in the reservoir about 10 to 15 years ago, and then they reproduced,” Hepworth said. “The shiners began taking over the reservoir, and the trout and the smallmouth bass that were in there began to struggle.”