Chesapeake Bay Striper Fishing
(Rockfish, Rock, Striper)
(Rockfish, Rock, Striper)
- Chesapeake Bay Stripers are a silvery fish that gets its name from the dark, stripes along both sides of its body.
- The body of the fish is stocky.
- The Dorsal fins are separated,
- Caudal fin is , green, blue, or black.
Where To Find Stripers
- Striped bass range from the St. Lawrence River, Canada to Florida, although they are mostly from Maine to North Carolina.
- Striped bass move north to costal waters of New England during the summer time , and south to the North Carolina during the winter.
- The Chesapeake Bay Striper is part of the 3 migratory populations - Hudson, Chesapeake, and Roanoke.
- The Chesapeake Bay Striper
- Stripers within Chesapeake Bay are composed of pre-migratory fish and coastal migratory striped bass which range in age from 2 to more than 30 years of age.
- Mature resident and migratory Chesapeake Striped Bass striped move into freshwater in early spring to spawn.
- After spawning, Chesapeake Bay Stripers return to the ocean.
- They spend the summer and autumn months in New England in shallow waters.
- During the late fall and winter months, striped bass migrate south to North Carolina.
- Striped bass can grow as long as 60 inches.
Striped Bass Habitat
- Chesapeake Bay Stripped bass live in coastal waters and are commonly found in bays but may enter rivers in the spring to spawn.
- There are also some landlocked Striped Bass.
- Female striped bass mature at about age 4; but usually they don't start spawning until 8 years of age
- 2 year old males are considered mature.
- Spawning occurs in April, May and June in Chesapeake Bay.
- After they arrive in the tidal areas they mature into juveniles.
- They usually remain in Chesapeake Bay for two to five years, then migrate into the Ocean.
- When the water temperatures warm in the spring, mature fish begin their spawning runs in freshwater.
- Chesapeake Bay Stripes make up 70-90% of the Atlantic coast stocks of striped bass.
- Chesapeake Striped bass (Rock Fish) is Maryland's state fish.
- Stripers are Maryland's most popular recreational sports fish.
- The Atlantic striped bass management program has grown from about 20 million pounds to an historic high of 160 million pounds.
- The record for Chesapeake Bay striped bass is 67 pounds, 8 ounces.
- The largest striped bass was a 125 pound female caught on the North Carolina coast in 1891.
- The current Maryland Chesapeake Bay Bay striped bass is 67 lbs., 8 oz.
Striped Bass Family: Moronidae