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All about fishing for striped bass in North Carolina lakes.

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.

Striper Fishing Lakes In North Carolina

North Carolina offers a substantial number waters for great striper fishing. The major lakes with striped bass include Apalachia Lake, Badin Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Gaston, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Tillery, Lake Waccamaw, Mountain Island Lake, Moss Lake and Roanoke Rapids Lake.

North Carolina state record striper was taken from Hiwassee Reservoir.

Fishing for Stripers in North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

NC State Record: 66 lbs 0 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 North Carolina striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.

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