Experience the thrill of striper fishing
All about fishing for striped bass and hybrid stripers.
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 which drain into the ocean become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Fish for stripers with medium to heavy rods, reels and line. Review a list of the best striper lures and baits before heading to the lake.
Found in fresh water systems that drain into the ocean, as well as reservoirs stocked with stripers. Ideal water temperature: 55° to 65°
Saltwater world record: 81 pounds, 14 ounces
Once it was known that they could survive in fresh water they were introduced into fresh water impoundments as a test, where they survived and flourished. Often to the extent of eating the local species out of house and home. They will eat anything that swims. As a schooling fish which can grow to enormous size they can deplete a school of baitfish in very short order. When you catch a striper you can rest assured that there are others close by.
Hybrid Striped Bass
Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis
This hybrid between a striped bass and a white bass is found in warm- water systems with plenty of baitfish. Ideal water temperature: 55° to 70°
US record: 27 pounds, 5 ounces
Hybrid striped bass are typically found in large reservoirs of the southeast, where it has been stocked because of plentiful forage provided by gizzard shad and threadfin shad. This schooling fish which can be fun to catch, is quite good eating, and can also deplete a school of baitfish in very short order. Like stripers, when you catch one, you can be confident there are others nearby.
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Striped Bass Organizations & Resources
States with fresh-water striper fishing.