Fishing for Striped Bass in Arizonastarted in 1974 with the Introduction of stripers into Lake Powell.
Successful reproduction of the Striped Bass was documented in 1979. Striped Bass
are found throughout the Colorado River between Lake Powell and the Mexican
border and more recently in Lake Pleasant.
Waters in Arizona that have had
Striped Bass Stocked.
Striper Fishing in Arizona
Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and Alamo Lake are top spots with
Lake Mead having the largest population. The state record was caught out of
They generally spend their time in the middle sections of the lake, in deeper
water than most fish. Their primary diet is shad. They prefer the larger shad
which are too big to be eaten by the vast majority of other fish in the lake.
Stripers will eat just about any fish they can get in their mouth. As a
schooling fish which can grow to enormous size they can deplete a school of
baitfish in very short order. When you catch one you can rest assured that there
are probably more close by.
Concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake. If you can locate schools of shad,
stripers are often close by. When the baitfish are shallow over the deep water,
you can catch stripers on crankbaits or by swimming spoons at appropriate
depths. And for the ultimate thrill try large topwater baits if you see any
surface feeding action. When they are deep, jigs and jigging spoons work well.
Live and cut bait will also work when they are in medium to deeper water. Fish
nearby or in the river channel if it is a defined depth change. Trolling is also
an excellent way to fish for them. Use flashy lures in bigger sizes.
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