DESCRIPTION: The striper is the largest member
of the temperate bass family. Body coloration is olive-green to blue-gray
on the back with silvery to brassy sides and white on the belly. It
is easily recognized by the seven or eight prominent black uninterrupted
horizontal stripes along the sides. The stripes are often interrupted
or broken and are usually absent on young fish of less than six inches.
The striper is longer and sleeker and has a larger head than its close
and similar looking relative, the white bass, which rarely exceeds
Similar Fish: There are no recognized subspecies.
Where Found: The striper on the Atlantic Coast
has a range from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, N.Y. to the St. Johns River
in northern Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from western Florida
to Louisiana. Habitat - All Florida populations of striped bass are
river dwellers rather than anadromous (normally living in salt or
brackish waters, but entering freshwater streams to spawn). The species
has been widely introduced in numerous lakes, rivers and impoundments
throughout the world. Stripers prefer relatively clear water with
a good supply of open-water baitfish. Their preferred water temperature
range is 65 to 70 degrees.
Size: 40+ pounds.