Striper Fishing in Arizona
Striper fishing has declined over the years in the state, only
as it relates to size. In years past, forty and fifty pound stripers
were reported often. They have populated so fast in
the warm desert lakes that they are quite abundant and swim in
Find a school and catch them till your arms hurt. They are likely
to be in the one to five pound class most often.
Striped Bass Fishing Lakes In Arizona.
Mead, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave and Alamo Lake are your best
bets with Lake Mead having the largest population. The
was caught out of Alamo 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 which drain
into the ocean become the spawning grounds for stripers.
World Record: 78.8 lbs
In natural settings striped bass live the majority of their life
in the ocean and migrate into freshwater rivers to spawn. Once
it was determined they could survive in fresh water they
were introduced into fresh water impoundments as a test.
Results ranged from complete failure to resounding success. Often
successful to the extent of eating the local species out of house
and home. They can live up to 30 years if conditions allow.
They generally spend their time in the middle sections
of the lake, in deeper water than most fish. Their primary diet
is shad. They prefer the larger shad which are too big to be eaten
by the vast majority of other fish in the lake. Stripers will eat
just about any fish they can get in their mouth. As a schooling
fish which can grow to enormous size they can deplete a school
of baitfish in very short order. When you catch one you can
rest assured that there are probably more close by.
Fishing for Striped Bass in Arizona
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. And for the ultimate thrill try large topwater baits if
you see any surface feeding action. When they are deep,
jigs and jigging spoons work well. Live and cut bait will also
work 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 them. Use flashy
lures in bigger sizes.
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All About Fishing for Striped
Bass in Arizona.