Striper Fishing in California
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.
Striper Fishing Lakes In California
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
In Central CA, Millerton Lake is the primary option for striper
fishing. Southern CA has several options including Lake Cahuilla,
Pyramid Lake and Lake Silverwood.
The California state record striped bass was caught from the ONeill
World Record: 78.8 lbs
Fishing for Striped Bass in California
When fishing for stripers 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 the stripers are deep,
jigs and jigging spoons work well. Live and cut bait will also
take striped bass 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 stripers. Use flashy
lures in bigger sizes.
Hybrid Bass - Wiper Bass
Morone saxatilis - Morone chrysops
World Record: 27.3 lbs.
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