Striped Bass


The Striped Bass,⁣ also ⁣known as the Morone saxatilis, is part of the Moronidae family. These⁢ robust fish​ are highly prized by recreational fishermen for their size and fighting spirit.

Conservation Status

The striped bass is ⁤currently classified as “Least Concern” ‌on the IUCN Red​ List. They⁣ are‌ managed ‍actively in both their natural and introduced ranges, with constraints on commercial and recreational harvest to ensure ⁢the sustainability​ of their populations.


The striped bass has a variety of impressive statistics that make it a coveted species​ among fishing circles.

Statistic Average Range
Length 2-3 feet 1-5 feet
Weight 10-20 lbs 2 to 70 lbs
Lifespan 10-12 years 2-30 ⁣years


Striped ⁤bass are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America, from the St. Lawrence River⁤ in Canada to the⁢ St. Johns River in Florida. They migrate seasonally, moving offshore/onshore and north/south with⁢ changes in water temperature.


Striped bass inhabit a variety of​ water types, from brackish estuaries to ⁣coastal waters‌ along the coastline. They are typically found at depths of ‌0-60⁤ feet and prefer‌ water‌ temperatures between 7 and⁢ 18°C.

When and Where to See

The best time to see striped bass is during their spring ⁢and⁢ fall migrations, particularly‍ at⁣ dawn and dusk when‍ they are most active. However, striped bass can be seen throughout the day.

Best Fishing ‍Locations

While striped bass are found across much of the Atlantic⁣ coastline, their migratory nature presents an opportunity for fishermen in certain areas at different times of year. Here are a few⁤ great places to catch striped bass:

  1. Hudson River, ⁢New York
  2. Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
  3. Delaware River, ‌Delaware
  4. Neuse River, ⁤North Carolina
  5. James River, Virginia
  6. St. Johns River, Florida
  7. Savannah River, Georgia

How to Catch

Striped bass can be caught using a variety of bait types, from live baits like eels and⁤ bunker, to⁣ artificial lures like swimbaits and‍ jigs. Various⁤ fishing techniques can be effective, including trolling, fly fishing, and shore casting. The best fishing times ⁤depend on ​location and season, but early morning and⁤ late evening are​ typically the most productive times of day.

Identification Guide

Striped Bass are ‍identifiable by their‌ high back,⁣ sleek body and silver sides adorned with seven or⁢ eight ⁢horizontal dark stripes.⁣ They have a ​large mouth, with a lower jaw extending beyond the⁢ eye.

Culinary Significance

Striped bass‍ is a⁣ delicious, firm-fleshed fish with a mild, sweet flavor. It is low in fat and ⁤high ⁤in protein, making it a healthy choice. It ‍is typically grilled, broiled⁤ or roasted and can be⁤ prepared in a variety of ways.

Additional Information

Striped Bass feed on a variety of prey, including fish, invertebrates, and crustaceans.⁢ Their main predators include seals,‌ larger fish, and humans. They have a ⁢significant cultural and historical significance, especially in the eastern United States, where they ⁢were declared the official​ state fish⁢ of multiple ​states.

References and Further Reading

For further reading ⁣on striped bass, consider the following​ sources:

  • NOAA Fisheries: Striped Bass
  • Outdoor Life: Striped Bass
  • FishBase: Striped Bass Summary Page