Five striped bass fishing tips to use on rivers

The striped bass is a game fish that lives most of its life in the ocean several feet offshore. Since this is considered a saltwater species, you may not think about seeking them out in rivers but there are times when you can catch striped bass in rivers.

When the striped bass matures, they will migrate into the brackish water, which is the area where the freshwater meets the ocean. This is when you can fish for them in the estuaries and rivers all along the coastline. They go to these areas to spawn every year and anglers can do some excellent fishing during this time.

Many anglers are surprised to learn that a species, which can grow as large as the striped bass, can be caught close to shore and they’re even more surprised to learn they migrate into the fresh water. It’s just not typical behavior of a species that lives in the ocean and grows this large. However, that is one of the things that make seeking out this species so exciting.

You don’t need a boat to fish for the striped bass. You can fish from the shoreline with excellent results. This means that anyone can get in on some of the action and you can fish for them when visiting new locations without having to hire a guide, charter or bring your own boat.

Just make sure you choose the best gear for this species. The main thing that you need to be concerned with is strength. This is a big fish that will fight hard. Therefore, you must have the gear to handle the fight you’ll be in store for when you hook one of these monsters.

Here are five striped bass fishing tips that can be used when fishing for this species in rivers:

1. Plan your fishing trip for the early morning hours or the late evening for the best results. This is when they’ll be the most active even though they will bite most any time of the day. This is also usually the quietest time of the day so the fish are less likely to be scared away by others.

2. Begin looking for this species in the late spring. This is when they’ll begin moving out to the estuaries and as the warmer weather approaches, they move farther out into the river. The spawning season will be at its best when the water temperature averages between 60 and 65 degrees. When the hottest part of the summer arrives, the striped bass will begin to move back out into the ocean.

3. This species will move out to the rivers in groups so when you find one, there will be others close by. Fish around in the same area for a bit until you stop getting bites then continue to work your way along channel or estuaries. It’s suggested that you don’t spend more than 20 to 30 minutes in an area if you’re not getting any bites.

4. When the striped bass begin their journey to the rivers, they don’t do it all at once. They will stop at different places along the journey, called waypoints, to rest for a while and this is the best time to catch them.

Throughout the river channels, the best places to look are around humps and tapering points. Once they reach the shallow parts of the river, they’ll look for deep holes in the 10 to 20 foot range.

5. Some of the best baits to use when fishing the river is crank bait, swim bait and jerk bait. Large jigs, soft plastics and tube lures also work great. If you want to entice this species to strike, you can add cut bait to the tip of the hook.

These five striped bass fishing tips can help you reel in more fish each time you head to the water. They’re easy to use and will prove to be very effective. The more you experiment and try different things, the better angler you’ll become.

When visiting or fishing a specific area the first time for this species, you can use fishing reports to gather information about them. These reports contain a lot of valuable information that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Finding fishing reports for any area is usually easy. Simply go online and type in the keywords (fishing report) for the areas where you’re making plans to fish. Then go through the information listed to find out what other anglers fishing in the area have to say. They can give you tips on where to fish, which baits to use and when it would be the best time to fish for the striped bass.

This is a lot of information that can help you get a jump-start on your fishing trip so you can spend more time hooking the fish, instead of looking for them. Use this information to help you have a great time fishing for striped bass on rivers when spawning season arrives.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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