Wiper Season
by Jon Spiegel
Wipers are a fun fish to pursue. This unusual fish is a cross between a female striped bass and a male white bass. Wipers can grow up to 20lbs., and most commonly weigh in at about 3-6 lbs. This is an aggressive fish that likes to eat shad and various baitfish. Like stripers, wipers will school up and go on a feeding frenzy.
The most aggressive and active season for wipers is right now as the water temperature rises. There are several reservoirs within the Front Range that are stocked with this sterile fish that has no reproductive capability. The closest to Boulder would be Union Reservoir east of Longmont. Union has a pretty decent number of wipers. The best fly for wipers is a Clouser deep minnow in white and chartreuse.