Guide To Striped Bass & Hybrid Striper Fishing In Florida
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. Rivers feeding to the ocean are also likely to produce stripers.
Lakes with populations of stripers include Crescent Lake, Crooked Lake, Doctors Lake, Lake Apopka, Lake Eustis, Lake George, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris, Lake Santa Fe, Lake Seminole (Jim Woodruff Reservoir) and Lake Talquin and Tsala Apopka Lake. The St Johns River also has a healthy population of striped bass.
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 42.24 lbs
World record: 27 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 16.31 lbs
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Florida State Record Striped Bass
The state record striped bass was caught from the Apalachicola River.
The state record hybrid striped bass came from Lake Seminole.
Fishing for Stripers in Florida
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 Florida 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.
Striper Fishing Video
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 Florida striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.