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When Do Striped Bass Spawn? 

school of spawning striped bass

If you love striped bass fishing, understanding the striper’s spawning habits can make you even better at it. Striped bass spawn in many places at particular times. You can follow their migration and lifecycle and learn exactly when and where to catch the biggest striper possible. 


Knowing when a fish will spawn can help you plan your next fishing trip. If you time it right, you’ll know exactly when to time the migration and when they will be swimming into your favorite fishing spots.

When do Striped Bass spawn?  Striped Bass spawn between February and April. This is when the waters are at the optimal temperature is around 55 ℉.

In terms of their lifespan, it can take up to six years for a  female to mature and become fertile. Female stripers can lay several batches of eggs during their life as the fish can live 20 years.

It takes a striper roughly one year to reach 10 to 12 inches, and after that, they can grow up to five feet depending on their diet and environment.


Striped Bass only spawn inland in freshwater lakes and rivers. There are only a few places in the United States where a Striped bass can spawn successfully.

Lake Texoma, right at the border between Texas and Oklahoma, is one place where the fish successfully pull off the grand stunt of their spawning process. It certainly is a grand feat as the fish leave millions of eggs unattended and simply hope for them to grow and become successful. 

On the Atlantic Coast, rivers and bays are preferred including the Hudson River, Delaware River, Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River.

The Pacific schools spawn in rivers like the Sacramento migrating through San Francisco Bay.

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