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Iowa Striper Fishing

Fishing for striped bass in IA.

Striper Fishing Lakes In Iowa

Striped bass are rare in IA. The state record was caught from Lake Rathbun in 1983. Since that time stocking of striped bass has been discontinued. Recently hybrid striped bass (the cross of a female ocean striped bass and a male white bass.) have been stocked in urban lakes such as Gray's Lake, Red Rock Reservoir, Coralville Reservoir, Saylorville Reservoir, Lake Macbride, Three Mile Lake, Lake Manawa, Pleasant Creek Lake, Roberts Creek Lake, Blue Heron Lake, Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, Sand Lake, Copper Creek and Prairie Park Fishery.

Striper fishing

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.

Fishing for Stripers in Iowa

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 Iowa 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.

Fishing for striped bass in Iowa

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

IA State Record: 9 lbs 4 oz

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