Stripers migrate up rivers and streams to spawn in the spring. In fresh water, they thrive in deep water lakes and reservoirs. They can be found along the shorelines in the spring and fall, but you’re going to do much better if you fish for them in deeper water offshore. They primarily feed in large schools in open water.
In salt water, they can be found along the surf, in bays and estuaries, on reefs and other inshore areas that offer some tidal and current flows.