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pennsylvania record striper saltwater

Photo courtesy of Donald Clark and Frank Miley

Bass, Striped - Marine (Morone saxatilis)
Donald J. Clark
Boothwyn, PA 53 lb. 13 oz. Delaware River
Delaware Co. 4/11/1989


Pennsylvania state Freshwater record
Striped Bass Sparkys Pennsylvania trophy Guide service

Sparky price 53 pounds 12 ounces
Raystown lake

 

Top 5 caught in PA in 2009 details
  1. 42 lb — Delaware River
  2. 31 lb 14 oz — Lake Raystown
  3. 22 lb 2 oz — Delaware River
  4. 16 lb 8 oz — Lake Redman
  5. 12 lb 6 oz — Beltzville Lake

 

Pennsylvania State Saltwater Record Stiper 53 lbs 13 Oz  

pennsylvania striper fishing

Pennsylvania . Hybrid striped bass record Vacant

Stockings of pure stripers take place within the Delaware River and Susquehanna River drainages, where the fish are native. Certain waters within these drainages also receive hybrids. To prevent the unintentional establishment of a non-native species in the Ohio River drainage, only hybrid stripers, which cannot reproduce, are stocked there.

Here's a look at the state's top inland striper and hybrid striper waters this spring, based on input from the PFBC fisheries management staff.

 

LAKE NOCKAMIXON :

Hybrid striped Bass and Pure stripers
Northern Bucks County's 1,450-acre Nockamixon Lake provides an important hybrid striper fishery in the southeastern portion of the state. 7,250 hybrid fingerlings stocked annually since 1998 Pure striped bass, both fingerling and fry, have also been stocked on a consistent basis. Stripers up to 17 pounds and hybrids run 10 to 12 pounds. Alewives and gizzard shad comprise the forage base in Nockamixon, and savvy anglers know stripers are rarely found far from their food source. Nockamixon Lake offers four boat access areas. Anglers typically use the Three Mile Run and Haycock launch areas. Maximum horsepower was recently raised to 20 horsepower. For additional information, call the Nockamixon State Park office at (215) 529-7300.
Near Quakertown, in Upper Bucks county, Pennsylvania

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Stocked Fish by County in Pennsylvania

Youghiogheny River
stripers in the Youghiogheny River

 

KAERCHER CREEK LAKE : Hybrid striped Bass
Berks County
Kaercher Creek Lake is a 31 acre impoundment owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission. It is located in Berks County on the eastern edge of Hamburg. Part of the facility is managed by Berks County Parks and Recreation. It is located East of Hamburg along old Route 22. The lake is managed as a Big Bass Lake . Access for anglers is excellent along the north shore of the lake with well worn angler paths, mowed grass fields, and two fishing piers providing access to the waters edge.

 

Blue Marsh Reservoir Berks County

Blue Marsh reservoir is is a 1,150-acre impoundment constructed in 1974 by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) on Tulpehocken Creek in western Berks County. The reservoir is located approximately 6 miles northwest of the City of Reading and is partially bordered by State Route 183. Blue Marsh Reservoir experiences a five-foot draw down each fall and winter to provide flood protection to downstream areas. Additionally, the reservoir depth occasionally fluctuates depending upon climatic conditions.

Species of fish that are found in the lake and its tributaries include the following:

  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Striped Bass Hybrids
  • Striped Bass
  • Tiger muskellunge
  • Walleye
  • Channel Catfish
  • White Catfish
  • Yellow Perch
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • American Eel
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Alewives
  • Bluegill
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Sunfish

Pennsylvania Boat and Fish Commision Striped bass and Hybrid Striped Bass Stockings in Blue Marsh Lake beginning in 1991

1991 13,800 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
1992 13,800 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
1993 3,053 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
1994 13,800 Striped Bass Fingerlings
1994 1,149,000 Striped Bass Fry
1997 17,250 Striped Bass Fingerling
1998 11,250 Striped Bass Fingerlings
1999 6,887 Striped Bass Fingerlings
1999 13,800 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2000 11,500 Striped Bass Fingerlings
2001 11,500 Striped Bass Fingerlings
2001 11,500 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2002 11,250 Striped Bass Fingerlings
2002 11,498 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2003 10,300 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2004 10,300 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2005 10,296 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2006 10,274 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2007 12,781 Striped Bass Fingerlings
2007 16,300 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerlings
2008 17,250 Striped Bass Fingerlings
2008 9,200 Striped Bass Hybrid Fingerling

For those who would like to try their skills at fly fishing, the Tulpehocken Creek downstream of the dam is rated as an excellent trout fishing creek. An artificial lure-only area has been established on the creek. It begins at the first earthen deflector that extends into the creek, and continues down to the Covered Bridge area, in the Berks County Park System.

Fishing is permitted in accordance with applicable Federal, state, and local laws, except where otherwise posted. Restricted areas would include the boat docks, the dam breast, the swim area, and the boat beaches.

 

LAKE ARTHUR : Hybrid striped Bass
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 16057

Lake Arthur provides over forty miles of scenic shoreline. Its tributaries include Muddy Run, Big Run, Swamp Run, Bear Run and over 75 intermittent streams. Ranging from an average depth of 12 feet to about 36 feet deep near the dam, the shallow waters are home to a variety of warm water fish.

Lake Arthur covers about 3,225 acres. It is a fertile lake lying between gently rolling hills. Maximum depth is about 35 feet, though the average depth is much less. Large creek arms make up a significant portion of the lake.

Moraine State Park services include a marina and boat rental facility. Motors are limited to 20 horsepower. For additional information on accommodations and amenities in Butler County, contact the Butler County Tourism office at (866) 856-8444, or visit the agency's Web site at http://visit-butler-county-pennsylvania-pa.com.

 

Shenango Lake
Shenango Lakeis a 3,650-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment on the Shenango River. It is relatively shallow and the forage base is gizzard shad. There are no horsepower restrictions on Shenango Lake. Additional information on Mercer County may be obtained by phoning (800) 637-2370, or visit the agency's Web site at www.mercercountypa.org.

 

Pennsylvanias Stiper Rivers

Ohio River Point Pool

Over the years, hybrid stripers have been stocked in the lower Allegheny, lower Monongahela and upper Ohio rivers Point Pool, which includes the waters encircling the point in Pittsburgh. This includes the Allegheny River from the point upriver to the Highland Park Dam, the Monongahela River up to Lock and Dam 2 at Braddock, and the Ohio River downriver from the point to the Emsworth locks and dams.

A federal flood control lake, Shenango is subject to changes in water levels. It's wise to check on lake conditions before making a trip to the lake. Daily lake information may be obtained by calling (724) 962-4384.

The Montgomery Pool of the Ohio River.

The Montgomery Pool runs from the Montgomery Lock and Dam near Shippingport upriver 18 miles to the Dashields Lock and Dam near Glenwillard. This section has been stocked with hybrids in the same years as the Point Pool.


Delaware River

(recent sitings in upper Delaware) Near Calicoon N.Y. approximately 10 miles north east of Honsedale.Pa.

 

PURE BRED PENNSYLVANIA STRIPERS

Raystown Lake Pennsylvania striped bass fishing

Raystown Lake Pennsylvania map

Raystown Lake Pennsylvania

Holds the state freshwater record 53 lbs 12 oz.

Raystown Lake Striper Club Raystown Lake Pa.

Lake Wallenpaupack 5,700-acres in Pike and Wayne counties

The lake owned by PPL holds primarily smallmouths and some largemouths in the shallow-water coves. On the right night, huge striped bass can be taken with livebait as well as lures.

 

The following seasons, sizes and creel limits apply to the Delaware River and to Delaware River tributaries from the mouths of the tributaries upstream to the limit of the tidal influence and the Lehigh River from its mouth upstream to the first dam in Easton , Pennsylvania.

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Delaware River

Class A regulated fishing lakes stocking stripers and or hybrids in Pa.

Class A regulated fishing lakes fall into one of the following categories:

Lakes wholly opened to the general public for fishing and operated solely as commercial ventures.

Lakes situated wholly within the grounds of a privately owned campground provided that the campground is open to the general public and operated as a commercial venture regardless of whether the campground operator sells admissions to fish at the lake to members of the public who are not camping at the campground.

Lakes with a total water area of less than 20 acres situated wholly within the grounds of a private fishing and boating, rod and gun or sportsmen's club or organization when fishing in the lake is limited to members of the club or organization and the sponsoring club or organization operates a cooperative nursery recognized by the Commission, provided that fish raised by the cooperative nursery shall be stocked in waters of this Commonwealth open for free public fishing and not in Class B (not open to the general public or operated as a commercial venture) lakes.

Persons patronizing a Class A regulated fishing lake may catch, kill and possess fish without regard to any size, season or possession limit and need not possess a Pennsylvania fishing license.

 

Striped bass Species overview: In their native habitat, the Atlantic Coast from the St. Lawrence River to Florida and some tributaries of the Gulf of Mexico, the striped bass is a true anadromous fish, living in salt water but traveling to fresh water to spawn. Through stocking, striped bass have reached the West Coast. Striped bass can also live entirely in fresh water as a landlocked form that cannot reach the sea. In Pennsylvania, striped bass are found in the Delaware River, and historically had been found throughout the Susquehanna River, the fish traveling upstream from the Chesapeake Bay. Dams on the Susquehanna had blocked the striped bass upstream migration to spawning grounds, but fish lifts, or fishways, on the dams should soon make access possible to the middle Susquehanna for this and other anadromous fishes. Striped bass have also been stocked in several of Pennsylvania’s large inland reservoirs, with an especially good striper fishery having developed in Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County. Striped bass or hybrid striped bass are found in Blue Marsh Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Erie, Raystown Lake Wallenpaupack Lake, Beltsville Lake, Lake nockamixon, Lake Redmond, the Youghiogheny River Lake, a tributary of the Monongahela River. Striped bass and hybrid striped bass are all stocked by the Pennsylvania Game and fish commission and all lakes or river systems have abundent schools of striped bass in them. There are also many privately stocked class A lakes listed at the bottom of the page with striped bass hybrids or pure bred stripers stocked in them as well. The Delaware river also is a major spawning ground for striped bass in Pennsylvania and the United States and holds resident fish and school bass year round.
Striped bass are valuable food fish, as well as much sought-after sport fish. Striped bass provided an important food source for the Plymouth colonists, who as early as 1623 netted enough of the fish to support themselves during the summer months. Captain John Smith wrote of the excellent eating qualities of striped bass. The seagoing stripers along the Atlantic Coast occur in definite “races,” or stocks, different from one another but not so much to be called subspecies, depending on where their home range is located.
When the Santee River in South Carolina was impounded during the 1940s, the striped bass present there produced a population that adapted to a freshwater landlocked existence. Offspring and subsequent generations of these fish have been stocked in many inland waters, reservoirs and the rivers that run into them throughout North America.
South of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, fishermen call stripers “rockfish.” Their species name “saxatilis” means “dwelling among rocks.”

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Striped Bass Hybrid

Morone saxatilis X Morone chrysops

More on Hybrids

Identification: The hybrid striped bass’s body is stockier than that of a pure striped bass, and its lateral stripes are discontinuous and less distinct. Its back is dark, almost black. Its sides are silvery, with seven or eight faint and broken-looking lateral stripes, and its belly is white. The anal fin has 11 or 12 rays, and there are two tooth patches on the rear of its tongue. In size it grows to a length and weight midway between its parents. A 10- or 12-pounder is considered a big one.
Species overview: The striped bass hybrid is a hatchery-created cross between a white bass and a striped bass. It is stocked primarily because it tolerates warmer water than the purebred striped bass, which, as it grows older and larger, requires well-oxygenated water during the summer. In Pennsylvania it is stocked mostly in the western part of the state, in reservoirs such as Lake Arthur and Shenango Lake, and in the big-river area of the Ohio and Allegheny rivers near Pittsburgh. Here the hybrid typically grows larger than the white bass. Fisheries managers in the state do not tend to stock the striped bass hybrid in lakes and rivers that lead to Delaware or Chesapeake bays to minimize the chance of the hybrids mixing and reproducing with wild marine striped bass.

 

 


List of Class A lakes with Striped Bass and Hybrids stocked in Pennsylvania

Beaver County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

HUGHES LAKE * HUGHES LAKE 4.40 acres
471 MACKHOLLOW ROAD
GEORGETOWN, PA 15043
(724)947-2187
Striped Bass

Berks County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

GEHMANS LAKE * GEHMAN'S POND 6.60 Acres
889 MAPLE GROVE ROAD
MOHNTON, PA 19540
(717)445-6653
Striped Bass

ROBIN HILL LLC * PRIVATE POND 2.20 Acres
149 ROBIN HILL RD
LENHARTSVILLE, PA 19534-9529
(610)756-6117
Striped Bass


CASTLE LAKE * CASTLE LAKE 3.30 Acres
2285 FARMINGTON AVENUE
BOYERTOWN, PA 19512-0311
(610)369-0464
Hybrid Striped Bass

Bucks County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

QUAKERWOODS CAMPGROUND INC * QUAKERWOODS CAMPGROUND 2.20 Acres
2225 ROSEDALE RD
QUAKERTOWN, PA 18951-4052
(215)536-1984
Striped Bass

Cumberland County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

LIBERTY FORGE GOLF COURSE * EQUITY AND JUSTICE LAKE 5.00 Acres
PO BOX 1229
CAMP HILL, PA 17001
(717)763-1333
Striped Bass

Fayette County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

WORLD OF REPTILES * .00
184 GRANGE ROAD
MCCLELLANDTOWN, PA 15458
(724)439-1380
Striped Bass

Fulton County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

MASON DIXON COUNCIL * SINOQUIPE LAKE 9.90 Acres
677 BOY SCOUT ROAD
FORT LITTLETON, PA 17223
(717)987-3464
Striped Bass

Lancaster County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

OAK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS INC * OAK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS
P O BOX 128
BOWMANSVILLE, PA 17507
(717)445-6161
Hybrid Striped Bass

SPRING TROUT FISH FARM * SPRING TR FEE FISHNG LAKE .25 Acres
637 NEW HOLLAND ROAD
NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557-9531
(717)355-9947
Hybrid Striped Bass

Northampton County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

INDIAN CREEK FARM * INDIAN CREEK FARM 3.30 1096 - 48 A
3479 MANGO DRIE
DANIELSVILLE, PA 18038-9768
(610)760-0739
Hybrid Striped Bass


HOT SPOT LAKE * HOT SPOT 3.30 Acres
965 MUNICIPAL ROAD
WALNUTPORT, PA 18088-9718
(610)767-4754
Striped Bass

Northumberland County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

SHANGRI LA ON THE CREEK * CATFISH/GAZEBO POND 3.30 Acres
670 HIDDEN PARADISE ROAD
MILTON, PA 17847-9713
(570)524-4561
Striped Bass


RIVER AND FUN INC * YOGI ON THE RIVER 4.40 Acres
213 YOGI BLVD
NORTHUMBERLAND, PA 17857-9742
(570)473-1157
Striped Bass

Potter County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

RAINBOW PARADISE TROUT FARM * RAINBOW PARADISE TR FARM 9.75 Acres
1660 EAST SECOND STREET
COUDERSPORT, PA 16915-9766
(814)274-8309
Hybrid Striped Bass

York County Pennsylvania Striper Fishing

STONE WALL FISH FARM * 1.10 Acres
6290 ALLISON MILL RD
GLENVILLE, PA 17329
(717)637-1321
Striped Bass

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