Before you set out on your next fishing trip, you might be wondering what the best time to start your day is. If you’re angling for striped bass, the answer to this question depends on what kind of water you’re fishing in.
In this article, we’ll outline the best time to catch striped bass. Whether you’re next to the ocean or a lake, you’ll know exactly when you should hit the water in search of stripers.
The Sun and Tides Will Guide Your Way
When fishing for striped bass, it’s best to follow the same golden rule as anglers do for many other fish species. The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the early fish. Although stripers are unpredictable and don’t follow a set schedule by any means, you can increase your chances by fishing at certain times throughout the day.
Your best chance of wrangling a striper comes around sunrise or sunset when the water is cool enough for stripers to come closer to the surface.
If you choose sunrise for your start point, you’ll have a lot more time to angle stripers throughout the day if you decide to stick it out.
Night fishing is also very popular among striper anglers. These fish are constantly eating and seem to be a bit more active in the dark.
Topwater lures are great to use around dusk and dawn when they are actively feeding on the surface.
Also, depending on what body of water you’re fishing, the tides will dramatically affect the likelihood of catching stripers. Generally, experienced anglers recommend 2-3 hours before high tide and 2-3 hours into the outgoing tide to fish.
You want to go out during peak tide instead of slack tide, as stripers are more likely to look for prey when the currents are stronger.