Guide To Striped Bass & Hybrid Striper Fishing In Illinois
Striped Bass & Hybrid Stripers
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.
Striped Bass Lakes In Illinois
Anglers in Illinois have several options for landing a big striper, or hybrid striped bass. Try your luck at Cedar Lake, Clinton Lake, Coffeen Lake, Governor Bond Lake, Heidecke Lake, Lake Decatur, Lake Mattoon, Otter Lake or Sangchris Lake.
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 7 oz
U.S. record: 27 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 21 lbs 7.2 oz
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Illinois State Record Stripers
The state record striped bass was caught from Sangchris Lake.
The state record hybrid striped bass came from Lake Of Egypt.
Fishing for Stripers in Illinois
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 Illinois 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.
Striper Fishing Video
Learn the basics for catching striped bass.
Striped bass fishing information, by state.
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 Illinois striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.