Pennsylvania Striper Fishing
Striped Bass 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.
Beltzville Lake, Blue Marsh Lake, Hammond Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Erie, Lake Redman, Raystown Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake all have schools of striped bass swimming in them.
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 53 lbs 12 oz
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The state record striper was caught out of the Raystown Lake.
Fishing for Stripers in Pennsylvania
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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.