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Striped Bass Chesapeake Bay

Striped Bass
Striped Bass, "Rockfish", or "Stripers" are one of Virginia's most popular sportfish, and can run hard and jump when caught. They usually travel in schools and can be found from brackish tidal rivers to the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay. They tend to move along the shoreline and frequent rocky points. Drifting or trolling is the preferred method of most anglers using jigs, spoons, and underwater lures that mimic small bait fish. Cast towards jumping minnows or surface disturbances. Action tends to increase at night or just after sunset.


Common Names Striped Bass, Rockfish, Striper
Scientific Name Roccus saxatilis
Average Size 1-3 feet
Average Weight 2-15 lbs.
Minimum Size Limit*  
Possession Limit*  
Lure Jigs, spoons, underwater lures
Bait Blood worms, Peeler Crab,
World Record 78.5 lbs.
Virginia Record  
Citation Size  

* All regulations are subject to change throughout the year. Always check with the Virginia Marine Resource Commission for new regulations before you go fishing @ 757-247-2200 or

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