Guide To Striped Bass & Hybrid Striper Fishing In Oklahoma
Striped Bass And Hybrid Striper Lakes
If you like to fish for stripers, Oklahoma is OK for you. Major lakes with a healthy population of stripers include Altus-Lugert Lake, Broken Bow Reservoir, Canton Lake, Fort Cobb Reservoir, Fort Gibson Lake, Foss Lake, Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Great Salt Plains Lake, Hugo Lake, Kaw Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Altus-Lugert, Lake Carl Blackwell, Lake Eufaula, Lake Hefner, Lake Hudson, Lake Konawa, Lake Murray, Lake Overholser, Lake Texoma, Oologah Lake, Robert S Kerr Reservoir, Skiatook Reservoir, Sooner Lake, Tom Steed Reservoir, Waurika Lake and Webber Falls Reservoir. Many of the rivers flowing into and out of these lakes also contain some striper fishing opportunities.
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 47 lbs 8 oz
World record: 27 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 23 lbs 3.68 oz
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The state record striped bass was taken from the Lower Illinois River.
The state record hybrid striper was taken from Altus-Lugert Lake.
Fishing for Stripers in Oklahoma
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 Oklahoma 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.
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.
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 Oklahoma striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.