The Chesapeake Bay striper season closed as of December 31, so the only legal area is the 3-mile strip that runs east from shore or from the demarcation line at the mouth of the bay. Both are pulled slow and low in areas where life is spotted. Life will be pods of bunker, anchovies or other small baits usually marked by diving birds and whales. At times the gannets will be diving from on high and swirling like a small tornado while gulls and pelicans work closer to the surface. Throw in a few whales breaching with bait dripping from their mouths and you have a sight that by itself is worth the drive down. These are trolled on braided wire line with a large drail.
‘A starting point:’ Virginia takes steps to protect striped bass numbers in Chesapeake Bay
Virginia Striper Fishing - Fish for Striped Bass in Virginia.
True bass family. Streamlined, elongate body; coloration shades from dark olive above through silvery sides to a white belly; 7 to 8 prominent unbroken black stripes originate behind the head and extend to the tail; more prominent than on the white bass. Two spines on the gill cover; two patches of teeth on tongue. Ten to 15 lb. Heavy baitcasting, spincasting or spinning outfits with a good backbone and 15 to 25 pound test line.
The emergency closure, which received unanimous support from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, was hailed by Commissioner Steven Bowman as a necessary first step in restoring the declining population of striped bass Morone saxatilis , a species also known as rockfish or striper that is fished both commercially and recreationally. Starting May 16 through June 15 fishermen will be able to catch and keep two striped bass from 20 to 28 inches. Canceling the trophy season, during which fishermen are permitted to catch one striped bass that is at least 36 inches long, aims to protect the largest, most valuable fish in the breeding stock.
While stripers are native to salt water, they naturally migrate into fresh water streams to spawn. Their eggs must remain in motion in order to hatch so the fresh water rivers and streams become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Landlocked stripers then populate the lakes. The Virginia state record striper was caught from Leesville Reservoir. When fishing for stripers concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake.