Stripers General Information
The standard rig for bait fishing is a sinker attached to a slider with a 3' leader and a 9/0 hook with a half hitch tied around the tail of the bait. In California the preferred bait is shad, in other areas bait should match what is available in the area. Herring, pile worms, shrimp, sardines, bullheads, and mudsuckers can all be good baits. Be sure and check their legality in the area you are fishing. A rod balancer will help pick up subtle bites.
One of the most important factors in striper fishing is water temperature. If the water is warmer than 56 degrees F, troll. If the water is cooler anchor up and bait fish.
For trolling the best lure is a large minnow, solid or broken back, with a 6 to 8" rubber trailer for added movement. Trolling is usually done at a relatively quick 5 knots. If you aren't successful, change your speed.
Stripers Articles & Reports
Written By: Cal Kellogg,
Sturgeon and striper fishing is very good throughout the western region of the California Delta. Things have slowed just a bit now that the water temperature is 54 degrees, but with the current weather pattern things should remain very...read more ››
Written By: Roland Aspiras,
Sturgeon and striped bass continue to be landed by anglers in the area with no signs of slowing down.
Liberty Island was the main focus of attention, according to Alan Fong at Fisherman's Warehouse this week, but the large schools that...read more ››
Written By: David Hurley,
Striped bass continue to flood into the San Joaquin River system, but the huge schools are starting to disperse into a variety of locations with the larger fish found further west towards the Antioch Bridge.
Randy Pringle, the Fishing...read more ››
Tips & Tactics for Stripers
Written By: Cal Kellogg
Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for...read more ››
Written By: Phil Pirone
When you talk about striped bass you have east coast bass, west coast bass, and landlocked stripers throughout the entire United States....read more ››
Written By: Headwaters Fishing Team
What I experienced today was akin to courting a girl for months and upon meeting her family - oh my goodness; hot for sister! Big sister...read more ››
Recent Reader's Photo
anglingweson: June 24, 2012
Caught trolling an A-Rig with 5" Hollow Belly Swimbaits