Striped bass, also called stripers, are silver with 7 or 8 dark horizontal stripes that are not broken. Their body is longer than white bass and they have 2 patches of teeth on the tongue. The hybrids, a combination of the striped bass and white bass, have silvery sides with broken horizontal stripes that are unbroken above and below the lateral line. Big stripers over 30 pounds are not unheard of and fish in the 5 to 7 pound range are considered average in fresh water. In the ocean, 15 to 30 pound fish are common and even bigger fish in the 40 to 50 pound range are possible.
How to Catch Striped Bass
In fresh water, anglers typically troll with live shad or big minnows. You can catch stripers with many different lures in fresh water. Topwater lures work great when the stripers are chasing schools of shad to the surface. Big jigs, swimbaits, crankbaits and spoons work well when the fish are deeper.
In salt water, many of the same bass lures that work in fresh water will also work in salt water. The lures made for salt water do resemble the natural bait fish that stripers feed on in salt water. Most saltwater fishermen will use bucktail jigs, swimming plugs, topwater poppers, needlefish lures and soft plastics. It’s very tough to beat live bait for striped bass in salt water. Live eels may be the best bait, but you can also catch stripers on menhaden, herring, squid and a variety of other baits.
Striped Bass Fishing Basics
Freshwater Striped Bass
Saltwater Striped Bass
- Fishing Lures for Striped Bass Fishing
- Fishing Rigs for Striped Bass
- Live Baits for Striped Bass Fishing
- How the Tides & Currents Affect Striped Bass Fishing
- Jetty Fishing for Striped Bass
- Kayak Fishing for Striped Bass
- Pier Fishing for Striped Bass
- Surf Fishing for Striped Bass
Striped Bass Fishing Basics (Quick Links)
Here are some quick links to the basics you should know about Striped Bass. For more detailed information, take a look below.
- Fishing Rigs
- Live Baits
- Rod & Reel Recommendations
- Fishing Line Recommendations
- Eating Striped Bass
Best Striped Bass Fishing Destinations
There are so many great places to fish for striped bass and some destinations are great vacation destinations also. Take a look below to see some of our featured striped bass fishing destinations.
- Needlefish Lures (Salt)
- Topwater Lures
- Eels (Salt)
- It’s All About the Destination
- Fish Low light Conditions
- Learn How to Fish Offshore Structure
- Use Live Bait
Fishing the Different Depths
- Bottom Fishing
- Deep Water
- Shallow Water
- Suspended Striped Bass
How Striped Bass Relate to Cover & Structure
- Open Water
- Offshore Structure