Arizona Striper Fishing
Hybrid Stripers & Striped Bass Lakes
While stripers are native to salt water, they naturally migrate into fresh water streams to spawn. Their eggs must remain in motion in order to hatch so the fresh water rivers and streams become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Landlocked stripers then populate the lakes.
Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave and Alamo Lake are your best bets with Lake Mead having the largest population.
World record: 81 lbs 14 oz
State Record: 67 lbs 1 oz
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 29 lbs 13.76 oz
World record: 27 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 13.76 oz
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The state record inland hybrid striper and striped bass were both caught out of Lake Pleasant.
The state record for stripers from the Colorado River was caught at Willow Beach.
Cindy Carpenter Caught this striper in Bullhead City Arizona on October 24, 2016. It weighed 22 pounds and was 42 inches long. It took her about a half hour to land it.
Fishing for Stripers in Arizona
Chris Yoakum from Yuma AZ landed this striped bass on a Yum dinger, his personal best size and weight. Chris said "What a fight, drag was right, never seen line run like that,except in Jaws, have never caught a striped bass like this before. Fish On!"
When fishing for stripers concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake. If you can locate schools of shad, stripers are often close by. When the baitfish are shallow over the deep water, you can catch stripers on crankbaits or by swimming spoons at appropriate depths. Check Arizona fishing reports for current striper information. And for the ultimate thrill try large topwater baits if you see any surface feeding action. When the stripers are deep, jigs and jigging spoons work well. Live and cut bait will also take striped bass when they are in medium to deeper water. Fish nearby or in the river channel if it is a defined depth change. Trolling is also an excellent way to fish for stripers. Use flashy lures in bigger sizes.
Learn the basics for catching striped bass.
Striped bass fishing information, by state.
Learn the migration of stripers
The more you know about the seasonal migration of striped bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Arizona striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.