Stripers

 

 
 

Stripers have been introduced into many of the large Lakes and reservoirs across the United States by state game and fish departments for the purposes of recreational fishing and to control populations of gizzard shad. Inland Striper Fishing is the fastest growing segment of sport fishing.

Stripers are the ultimate bass when it comes to fresh water Bass Fishing. It has always been extremely popular on the east coast since the Pilgrims Landed. Striped bass are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America from the St. Lawrence River into the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana. They are anadromous fish that migrate between fresh and salt water with Spawning takes place in fresh water.

Over the last few years their popularity has grown rapidly in the fresh water Lakes and reservoirs across the United States as anglers discover their line breaking habits. In California they are the second most prized fish after chinook salmon and in 1879 and 1881 were part of maybe, even today, the most successful fish stocking effort in the history of the United States.

Inland Lakes and reservoirs that have Striped Bass.

  • Alabama:

    • Lake Eufaula, Guntersville Lake, Lake Harding, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Martin, Lake Neely Henry, Smith Lake, Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Weiss, West Point Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake,  Lake Woodruff and the  Coosa River System
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  • Arkansas:

  •  California:

    • Millerton Lake, Lake Cahuilla, Pyramid Lake and Lake Silverwood.
      The Colorado River lakes along the California-Arizona border are populated with striped bass. Before dams were built the river was a major spawning ground and many monster stripers have come from these waters.
       

  • Flordia:

    • Castaic Lake, Lake George,  Jim Woodruff Reservoir and Lake Talquin. The state record striped bass was caught in the Apalachicola River. Other rivers feeding to the ocean are also likely to produce stripers.The St Johns River also has a healthy population of striped bass.
       

  • Georgia:

    • Carters Lake, Hartwell Lake, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Lake Seminole, Lake Sidney Lanier and Nottely Lake.
      The Oconee River holds the GA state record striped bass.
       

  • Illinois:

    • Rend Lake, Cedar Lake, Heidecke Lake or Sangchris Lake.

  • Indiana:

    • Brookville Lake, Cecil M Hardin Lake, Monroe Lake and Patoka Lake. The Ohio river yielded the state record striper.
       

  • Kansas:

    • Cheney Reservoir,  Kanopolis Lake,  Kirwin Reservoir,  La Cygne Lake,  Melvern Lake,  Waconda Lake and Wilson Lake.
       

  • Kentucky:

    • Barren River Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Rough River Lake.
       

  • Louisiana:

    • Caddo Lake,  Lake Claiborne and Toledo Bend. River fishing for stripers include the Pearl, Tangipahoa, Atchafalaya, Sabine and Mississippi Rivers.
       

  • Maryland:

    • Rocky Gorge Reservoir, Triadelphia Reservoir and Liberty Reservoir.
       

  • Missouri:

    • Bull Shoals Lake, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Lake of The Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake, Table Rock Lake and Thomas Hill Reservoir.
       

  • Mississippi:

    • Bowie River. and Okatibbee Lake.
       

  • North Carolina:

    • Apalachia Lake, Badin Lake, Belews Lake, Chatuge Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Norman, Lake Tillery and Lake Wylie.

  • North Dakota:

    • Devils lake.
       

  • Nebraska:

    • Harlan County Lake, Lake McConaughy, Maloney Reservoir, Red Willow Reservoir and Sutherland Reservoir.
       

  • New Jersey:

    • Delaware River, Manasquan Reservoir and Union Lake.
       

  •  New Mexico:

    • Elephant Butte
       

  • Nevada:

    • Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave and Alamo Lake. Lake Mead having the largest population.  Before the dams were built on the Colorado River, this was a natural spawning area for striped bass from the Gulf of Mexico.
       

  • Ohio:

    • Buckeye Lake, Charles Mill Lake, East Fork Lake and West Branch Lake.
       

  • Oklahoma:

    • Canton Lake, Grand Lake, Great Salt Plains Lake, Kaw Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Carl Blackwell, Lake Texoma, Oologah Lake, Robert S Kerr Reservoir, Skiatook Reservoir, Tenkiller Lake and Webber Falls Reservoir.
       

  • Pennsylvania:

    • Blue Marsh Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Erie, Raystown Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake.
       

  • South Carolina:

    • Hartwell Lake, Lake Greenwood, Lake J. Strom Thurmond, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee,  Lake Murray, Lake Wylie and Wateree Lake. Santee Cooper lakes - Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie,
       

  • Tennessee:

    • Boone Lake, Cherokee Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Norris Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Tellico Lake, Cordell Hull Reservoir.
       

  • Texas:

    • Major lakes in Texas with healthy populations of stripers include Belton Lake, Canyon Lake, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Cooper Lake, Lake E.V. Spence, Hubbard Creek Reservoir, Lake Bridgeport, Lake Brownwood, Lake Buchanan, Lake Conroe, Lake Granbury, Lake Kemp, Lake Lewisville, Lake Livingston, Lake Palestine, Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Somerville, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Texoma, Lake Travis, 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.
       

  • Utah:

    • Lake Powell.
       

  • Virginia:

    • Claytor Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Leesville Reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake and Western Branch Reservoir.
       

  • Wisconsin:

    • Columbia Lake, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
       

  • West Virginia:

    • Beech Fork Lake, Bluestone Lake, East Lynn Lake and Mt Storm Lake.

Striped bass have also been introduced into waters in Ecuador, Iran, Latvia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey primarily for sport fishing and aquaculture.

 

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