I had a brief on today’s Outdoors page on DGIF biologist Dan Wilson’s findings that the growth rate of Smith Mountain Lake’s striped bass is slowing. That is likely the result of the abundance of stripers in the system, relative to the amount of food.
The note prompted a comment to my previous post — a good reminder that I need to do better posting links to all my stories on this blog. In the comment the writer mistakenly typed stripper instead of striper. That’s a pretty common typo. And, sorry, but I laugh almost every time I see it because the context always seems to enhance the humor quotient. Yeah, I’m a 12-year-old at heart and for that I don’t apologize.
The short of the comment is the guy wanted to know if stripers are the same as “rockfish.” The answer is, in name, yes. Rockfish is a common nickname of striped bass on the Virginia coast.
Stripers look nothing like actual rockfish. Just in case there remains any confusion, these pictures should help.