Striper Fishing in Missouri
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 Missouri
Missouri residents are fortunate to have several good fisheries
for stripers. Stripers in MO can grow to enormous size and put
up quite a tussle. The smaller fish run in big schools, so when
you locate them you can catch them in bunches. Major MO lakes with
healthy populations of striped bass include Bull Shoals Lake, Harry
S. Truman Reservoir, Lake of The Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake, Table
Rock Lake and Thomas Hill Reservoir.
The Missouri state record striped bass was caught from Bull Shoals
World Record: 78.8 lbs
Fishing for Striped Bass in Missouri
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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