Striped Bass River Fishing Facts and Information Feb 2, 2019 20:26:52 GMT
Post by Virginia Striper©® on Feb 2, 2019 20:26:52 GMT
Striped Bass River Fishing Facts and Information
From late April to July is spawning time for Striped Bass. Spawning begins early in the south while it may not start until summer in the north.
Agressive Spring Feeding
Striper Bass feed aggressively in the spring before moving upstream to spawn. When river temperatures reach the mid-fifties, the freshwater Striped Bass find deep holes and depressions. In large rivers where stripers school together below dams, use medium bait casting equipment and twenty-pound test line. Attach a large minnow, squid, shad, or herring under its back fin to a weighted No. 3/0 hook, and wait for an eager striper to hook itself.
Cut bait is another successful seasonal lure as stripers love triangular pieces of cut shad about four inches in length and threaded on a 2/0 hook. Add enough weight to push the lure to the bottom of the river before casting the bait upstream on an angle. As the bait bounces along the river bottom, keep the line tense and anticipate gentle strikes. Set the hook at the first sensation of a strike.
Fishing From Banks
Fishing for Striped Bass from the banks of fast-current rivers requires twelve-foot surf rod with twenty-pound test line on a spinning reel. If you are casting large silver spoon lures, attach a ball-bearing swivel to the spoon to avoid twisting the line. Bright white or yellow lures work well in fast clear waters. Brightly coloured one or two-ounce lead head jigs are popular favourites among freshwater.
Other hot freshwater striper fishing spots are found below power-generating stations in fast rivers. Striped Bass lay in wait below the generator discharge tubes and feed on the small fish that are pulled through the generator. When fishing near operating power-generators, anglers should cast a jog or spoon lure near the tubes, letting the bait sink without hanging on bottom debris.
Fast Current Lures
Lures are easily snagged on obstacles in the fast current, and must be retrieved quickly. Strikes are difficult to detect in fast water. The bass will let the lure enter its mouth as directed by the current, without actively pursuing the lure. Therefore, any change in pressure or hesitations in the line may signal a strike. When fishing near power-generating stations, anglers must not anchor their boats at the working dam. Instead, begin at the dam and drift downstream with the motor running at low speed, while trailing a jig or large shiner.
In large rivers, anglers may safely anchor at the edge of the main current, about thirty feet above a boil, a surface phenomenon indicating a structure on the river bottom interrupting the current. Below the surface boils, fish tend to congregate in the river-bottom depression forged by the churning waters.
Live shad or minnow bait hooked through both lips work well in fast rivers, as do jigs and deep-running crank bait. With the reel in the free-spool position, let the striper engage with the live bait for a few seconds before equipping the reel and setting the hook. With artificial lures, dangle the bait above the bottom depression, using the rod to change the vertical action of the lure.
In fact, one does not even need a boat to catch Striped Bass. They can be caught by casting from a dock or a rocky outcrop. In some rivers, good numbers are caught so far upstream as to make it likely that they remain there the year round as can be found in the Alabama river system. It is not uncommon to catch Striped Bass weighing as much as 40 pounds, some 300 miles from the ocean.