Closely resembling the white bass, the striped bass differs in several ways:
The striper was orginally a marine or estuarine species of fish. An anodromous spawner (ascends freshwater streams), it became landlocked in an artificial impoundment. It adapted so well to fresh water that many states, including Oklahoma, began transplanting stripers.
Naturally reproducing populations have developed in Lake Texoma, Keystone Lake, the Illinois River and the Arkansas River Navigation System. Also in Oklahoma Foss, Tenkiller, Canton, Great Salt Plains, Grand, and Kaw lakes have been stocked.
A female striper may produce up to five million eggs. These are semi-buoyant and require a moving, unobstructed river for the necessary incubation period. They spawn in water temperatures 55 to 70 degrees F., reaching a peak at around 65 degrees F.
As a rod-and-reel trophy (growing to more than 40 pounds in fresh water) they are unparalleled. The striper is a valuable additons to the sport fishes in Oklahoma.
One of the most productive methods of taking stripers is trolling. Favorite lures are deep-running plugs, jigs, topwater plugs, slabs, spoons, spinners, jig and grub combinations, jig and platic worm combinations and live shad.
Aside from the sporting qualities of this fish, it serves as a biological control on the almost astronomical numbers of shad in our large lakes.