Are you planning your next fishing trip but you’re unsure where to go and what to fish? Have you considered fishing for ‘striper’ or otherwise known as the striped bass. These species of fish are perciform, these are the largest form of vertebrates and form about 40% of all bony fish. The literal meaning of perfciform is “perch-like” these fall into the class of ray-finned fish and make up 1 of the 10,000 species found in our waters around the world. Striped bass are found right through the atlantic coast all the way from Florida right up to Novia Scotia, and there have been reports of this species being caught as far north as Hudson Bay. They are at the top of many sports fishermans list and have been introduced to many habitats outside of their normal range to facilitate this need for sports fishing. The area surrounding Chesapeake bay is the major fishing area for stripers and the Hudson river following a close second for this accolade. Like many species of fish the striped bass is a migratory species and this normally happens in spawning season which begins in March, the fish will return to their birth rivers, much the same that Salmon do, so they can breed. Females normally spawn around the age of 5-6 years, prior to this age the fish will remain in the ocean until they become of spawning age. Males on the other hand will migrate to spawning grounds at a much younger age, some as young as 2 years old have been found in spawning grounds. It’s important to note that it’s illegal to catch these fish in spawning season, so please respect nature and refrain from landing during the breeding season, this will allow for good regeneration of the species and allow younger generations to fish for this game fish for generations to come.
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Where to fish.
Lake Texoma is one of the best fishing grounds for the striped bass. Winter striper fishing on Lake Texoma is one of the most recommended fishing times for this species, it’s common knowledge among many fisherman that winter is the best time to catch BIG fish. Stripers tend to be active all year around, but for some reason they tend to bite more in the winter months, most other species of fish enter a semi state of ‘hibernation’ during the winter months, not the striper! These guys eat all year round, and particulary in winter! The lake is rich with naturally occurring mineral salts in the underlying and surrounding soil of the lake region, this creates perfect conditions for Striped bass to spawn and gives them lots of natural nutrients from birth which allows them to grow to LARGE sizes. It’s unsurprising then that Lake Texoma is known as the striped bass capital of the world. There are numerous companies that offer fishing trips on the lake, one of the best known and highly recommended is Striper Express. Run by a Father and Son, this outfit has years and years of highly skilled fishing experience on Lake Texoma and will be able to assist you with any of your striped fishing needs.
How to fish Striper
The best way to fish for striper is from a boat with all the necessary equipment, this is where hiring a company like Striper express comes in handy, as they will supply the boat and all the necessary equipment needed to catch Striped bass. You can use bait such Herring, menhaden, mackerel, and even squid to catch striper or you can use Lures, which is what Striper Express recommend using, as there is a lot more sport involved using a lure as opposed to using baited hooks. Another method that can be used is to use live eels as bait. You hook the eel up to the line and provide them with enough line to reach the bottom of the lake or fishing area, using live eels to catch striped bass has resulted in some BIG catches for many anglers. There are many ways to fish striped bass, if you’ve not done it before then your best bet is to take the advice of the professional guide that you hire for the day.
Lake Texoma Fishing Reports.
It’s always good to research areas you plan on fishing and lake Texoma is no different. Thankfully there are some vary useful reports available. Striper express have compiled a great report on one of the Lake Texoma official sites. : Lake Texoma fishing report . Click on through and see the information they have compiled, remember this information comes from professionals who have been doing this for years, if you have any questions about the report feel free to contact them here.
Hiring a guide.
If you’ve not fished Lake Texoma before then it’s highly recommended that you hire a Lake Texoma fishing guide these guys know the lake inside out and have had years and years of experience, this way you’ll get the full benefit of the great joys of striped bass fishing!
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Lake Texoma Fishing Guides – STRIPER ASSAULT!
Lake Texoma Fishing Guides – SASSY SHAD “; 30-second sequence shows the hooking and landing of a striper using a favorite artificial lure, the SASSY SHAD.
Enjoy and Good luck with your Striper Fishing!