Striped Bass Geography

Striped bass are native to the Atlantic Coast of the United States, and can be found from Southern Nova Scotia all the way to Alabama. They are most common and popular from Nova Scotia to North Carolina, where most of our readers and subscribers are from. We have readers from all over the place, including plenty of you who fish for landlocked stripers all over the USA, the San Francisco Bay area, and many readers from places that have no striped bass.

There are also populations on the West Coast of the USA, including a sizeable one in the San Francisco Bay and surrounding region, as well as in Oregon and Washington State in limited numbers. Stripers have also been introduced, and are regularly fished for, in many landlocked areas including New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Arkansas, although many of these landlocked areas are not self sustaining, meaning the fish don’t reproduce and need to be regularly stocked. There are even striped bass in Ecuador, Iran, Latvia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey according to Wikipedia!

We’re slowly adding regional guides for striper fishing, starting with the Northeast coast where I have the most experience and there are the most stripers.

Anyone want to write an article on stripers in their region? If you’re interested,
 I can even interview you and write the article, with full credit!

On the East Coast, striped bass migrate north up the coast in the spring, and south down the coast in the fall. They are available in North Carolina all winter (as well as Chesapeake Bay if the weather is mild), they generally show up around April in Virginia and migrate up the coast, hitting New Hampshire and Maine by mid-May. They migrate south in the fall, and although some bass are still around in early October in Maine, many have started migrating already. There are still fish in New York after Thanksgiving (as evidenced by a great night I had at Montauk years ago) although most have migrated south.

It’s safe to say that stripers are around in the fall long after most people have stopped fishing for them and it’s cold and miserable out!

It’s now rumored that Stripers also migrate from Ensenada, Mexico to British Columbia, extending their traditional West Coast range.

Stripers spawn up rivers in brackish and fresh water.

On the East Coast, most stripers spawn in Chesapeake Bay, the Delaware River and the Hudson River, although there are believed to be spawning populations from Nova Scotia to South Carolina and beyond. These extreme northern and southern stocks of fish are not believed to migrate. Centuries ago, striped bass spawned in nearly every river on the east coast.

On the west coast, the Sacramento River and the Delta are the primary spawning areas.

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