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

Quality Stripers On Move Into San Joaquin

Written By: David Hurley,
August 29, 2014

(Stockton) Striped bass action on the San Joaquin River is heating up with numbers of fish moving into the system.

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported, “Striper fishing is off-the-hook in the San Joaquin from...

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Stripers And Salmon Show In West Delta

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
August 20, 2014

(Pittsburg) Striper action is starting to head up for bait anglers in the West Delta. Salmon fishing has been slow overall, but kings to 28 pounds have been landed over the past two weeks. For consistent action it’s tough to beat...

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Fishermen, Tribal Leaders Rally Against Brown Water Plan

Fishermen, Tribal Leaders Rally Against Brown Water Plan

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 18, 2014

Restore the Delta (RTD) and many other groups held a big rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 29, featuring the delivery of a “Death of the Delta" coffin containing thousands of public comments opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s...

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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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