Texas Striper Fishing
Striped Bass Lakes
Texas anglers are fortunate to have a host of striper fishing lakes across the state. The major lakes in Texas with healthy populations of stripers include Amistad Reservoir, Belton Lake, Braunig Lake, Canyon Lake, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Cooper Lake, Lake Athens, Lake E.V. Spence, Hubbard Creek Reservoir, Lake Bridgeport, Lake Brownwood, Lake Buchanan, Lake Conroe, Lake Granbury, Lake Kemp, Lake Lewisville, Lake Livingston, Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Lake Palestine, Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Somerville, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Texoma, Lake Travis, Lake Walter E. Long, Lake Whitney, Lavon Lake, Medina Lake, Pat Mayse Lake, Possom Kingdom Lake, Proctor Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Toledo Bend and Wright Patman Lake.
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.
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 53.0 lbs
US record: 27 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 19.66 lbs
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The Brazos River yielded the state record striped bass.
Ray Hubbard yielded the state record hybrid striped bass.
Fishing for Stripers in Texas
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 Texas 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 Texas striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.