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KET looks at ‘hybrids’




This weekend, June 23 and 24, “Kentucky Afield” TV features the species with the onetwo punch: the hybrid striped bass. It’s actually two fish in one.

Hybrid striped bass are a hatchery produced cross between the smaller white bass and the larger striped bass. Because hybrids thrive in warm, shallow reservoirs, they are stocked in lakes statewide. Striped bass require cooler water, such as that found in Lake Cumberland, so they can only be stocked in a few places.

At Lake Herrington, a noted hybrid haven, Anderson County’s Tim Aldridge invites “Kentucky Afield” host Tim Farmer to go evening trolling. As the two soon find, it’s fight night. Later, we make the trip to Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery near Frankfort where hybrids are raised, for the science behind the sport.

“Kentucky Afield” is a production of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It is the longest continuously running outdoor television show in the nation. The program airs Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and is repeated on Sunday at 4 p.m. on KET.


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