Stripers General Information

There were originally no striped bass in California. They were introduced from the East Coast, where they are found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Alabama. The initial introduction took place in 1879, when 132 small bass were brought successfully to California by rail from the Navesink River in New Jersey and released near Martinez. Fish from this lot were caught within a year near Sausalito, Alameda, and Monterey, and others were caught occasionally at scattered places for several years afterwards. There was much concern by the Fish and Game Commission that such a small number of bass might fail to establish the species, so a second introduction of about 300 stripers was made in lower Suisun Bay in 1882.

In a few years, striped bass were being caught in California in large numbers. By 1889, a decade after the first lot of eastern fish had been released, bass were being sold in San Francisco markets. In another 10 years, the commercial net catch alone was averaging well over a million pounds a year. In 1935, however, all commercial fishing for striped bass was stopped in the belief that this would enhance the sport fishery.

The standard rig for bait fishing is a sinker attached to a slider with a 3' leader and a 9/0 hook with a half hitch tied around the tail of the bait. In California the preferred bait is shad, in other areas bait should match what is available in the area. Herring, pile worms, shrimp, sardines, bullheads, and mudsuckers can all be good baits. Be sure and check their legality in the area you are fishing. A rod balancer will help pick up subtle bites.

One of the most important factors in striper fishing is water temperature. If the water is warmer than 56 degrees F, troll. If the water is cooler anchor up and bait fish.

For trolling the best lure is a large minnow, solid or broken back, with a 6 to 8" rubber trailer for added movement. Trolling is usually done at a relatively quick 5 knots. If you aren't successful, change your speed.

Recent Stripers Articles & Reports
STRIPER FISHING IS HOT!!!!

STRIPER FISHING IS HOT!!!!

Written By: H2F Guide Service,
April 15, 2015

Striper fishing is red hot in Sacramento river, I have Two spots open for this saturday, contact me  by phone or text to get on this deal for saturday, Gary 5306321222



QUALITY STRIPED BASS ON THE SACRAMENTO RIVER!!  4/11/15

QUALITY STRIPED BASS ON THE SACRAMENTO RIVER!!  4/11/15

Written By: MSJ Guide Service,
April 11, 2015

Mark of Rocklin Ca had a blast landing his limit of quality Striped Bass in fifteen minuets today on the Sacramento river! I even managed to get them on video which I will put up shortly.
Fish caught on Cousins Tackle rod#RHS-792-1T &...

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We’re Still Getting Striped Bass on the Sacramento River 4/4/15

We’re Still Getting Striped Bass on the Sacramento River 4/4/15

Written By: MSJ Guide Service,
April 4, 2015

Today I had Mark Fong and ian Rigler aboard to chase down some striper's on the Sacrament river. They each hooked and landed these nice chunky 5lb striper's. Good job guys!!

Striper's caught on Cousin's rods GHS792-1T, RHS792-1T with...

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Tips & Tactics for Stripers
Delta Fishing Success: Understanding The Influence Of Tides And Weather

Delta Fishing Success: Understanding The Influence Of Tides And Weather

Written By: Cal Kellogg

The most influential natural factor impacting how, when and where Delta fish feed, including stripers and sturgeon are tidal fluctuations....

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FeelFree Lure 11.5 Introduction

FeelFree Lure 11.5 Introduction

Written By: Headwaters Fishing Team

This is Dave Fowler here from The Headwaters Fishing Team with my review of the new FeelFree lure 11.5. 

With the weight of this kayak at...

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Artificial Lures For Delta Linesides!

Artificial Lures For Delta Linesides!

Written By: Cal Kellogg

As I sit here writing these words the spring striper bite is starting to rage throughout the West Delta. If you’re a regular reader of The...

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on: June 24, 2012
Species: Stripers

Caught trolling an A-Rig with 5" Hollow Belly Swimbaits

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