Virginia Striper Fishing
All about fishing for striped bass in Virginia lakes.
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 become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Landlocked stripers then populate the lakes.
Striper Fishing Lakes In Virginia
The major lakes in Virginia with significant populations of stripers include Claytor Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Anna, Lake Chesdin, Leesville Reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake and Western Branch Reservoir.
Fishing for Stripers in Virginia
The Virginia state record striper was caught from Leesville Reservoir.
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. Check Virginia fishing reports for current striper information. 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.
Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz
VA State Record: 53 lbs 7 oz
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Learn the migration of stripers
The more you know about the seasonal migration of striped bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Virginia striper fishing lakes. Stripers move up and down in the water column throughout the day in some seasons, while during other seasons they may stay deep and reasonably inactive. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.
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