Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Species: Striped Bass

The Striped Bass is the most sought after fish for recreational anglers on the East Coast of the United States.
It's beautiful striped patterns, fight when hooked, and delicious meat, all make for a fish that everyone can enjoy catching.
From wikipedia:
Striped bass are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America from the St. Lawrence River into the Gulf of Mexico to approximately Louisiana. They are anadromous fish that migrate between fresh and salt water. Spawning takes place in fresh water.

 Striped bass spawn in freshwater and although they have been successfully adapted to freshwater habitat, they naturally spend their adult lives in saltwater (i.e., it is anadromous). Four important bodies of water with breeding stocks of striped bass are: Chesapeake Bay, Massachusetts Bay/Cape Cod, Hudson River and Delaware River. It is believed that many of the rivers and tributaries that emptied into the Atlantic, had at one time, breeding stock of striped bass. One of the largest breeding areas is the Chesapeake Bay, where populations from Chesapeake and Delaware bays have intermingled.[8] There are very few successful spawning populations of freshwater striped bass, including Lake Texoma and the Arkansas River as well as Lake Marion (South Carolina) that retained a landlocked breeding population when the dam was built; other freshwater fisheries must be restocked with hatchery-produced fish annually. Stocking of striped bass was discontinued at Lake Mead in 1973 once natural reproduction was verified.

7 comments:

  1. I am on the southeast coast of North Carolina so I look forward to seeing some helpful posts. =]

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  2. I like my striped bass well cooked ;-)

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  3. thank you for sharing this information

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  4. nice read, always interested in good fishing areas.

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  5. Ive seen striped bass avalible in fish markets but never had the courage to actualy buy them. They seemed a little expsensive back at christmas time but mabey il have another look and inquiry next time im at my local fish store.

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