Stripers?

Are there any lakes in Fl with purebred stripers?

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  • JonsredfishinJonsredfishin Posts: 1,340 Officer
    edited October 22 #2
    lake George and Rodman dam
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  • RealSeabeeRealSeabee Posts: 580 Officer
    Two Stripers caught in FLA.  Sunshine Bass (Hybrids) and Landlocked Stripers (Freshwater).  Purebred Stripers (Saltwater) live in the north eastern US (Delaware and Jersey).  During the Sunshine "run" we get a few Real Stripers (Straight lines) but not large like other Landlocks that live in Northern FLA (St Marys River) and GA (Lake Lanier).  My fishing area is on the St Johns River, South of Lake Monroe to the Econ River, a good ways south of Lake George and Rodman Dam.
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  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 6,396 Admiral
    edited November 6 #4
    There are also healthy pure stripers in the panhandle region.



    All the major rivers - Escambia, Blackwater, Choctawhatchee, etc.

    They get into the bay systems as well.  Caught them in Pensacola Bay and they are often caught in Blackwater and Choctawhatchee as well.  I recall an FWC biologist telling me they shocked up 40+ pounders in a creek off the Blackwater River. 

    They make it into Lake George for sure, probably further south than that but become a rarity.
  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 43 Greenhorn
    Hi, do you get any close to Orlando?
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 6,396 Admiral
    edited November 6 #6
    We get hybrids (striped bass + white bass) near orlando in many of the lakes and St. Johns River. Referred to as "Sunshine Bass."

    Nearest place that pure stripers are *regularly* caught to Orlando that I know of is Lake George, about an hour north of Orlando.  Or 2 hours, or 3 hours, depending on if you're in S. Orlando or not and traffic. :wink:

    The thing is, the sunshines are prolific as well, so it's kind of hard to catch only pure stripers on purpose.
  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 43 Greenhorn
    Thanks, what size do the Sunshines go? or the Pure Stripers? I fancy having a shot at them.
  • bmoodybmoody Posts: 961 Officer
    Hybrids prolific?  No, they are effectively sterile.  However, we're fortunate to have the fine men (and women) at Blackwater and Richloam hatcheries producing many thousands of them each year.
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 6,396 Admiral
    Thanks, what size do the Sunshines go? or the Pure Stripers? I fancy having a shot at them.
    Sunshines - Anywhere from barely panfish sized up to about 6-7 lbs, commonly. Bigger than that if you're lucky. State record is about 16 lbs.

    Stripers - Larger than sunshines. Up to 42 lbs (state record). I think 5-15 lbs is most common.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 9,186 Admiral
    bmoody said:
    Hybrids prolific?  No, they are effectively sterile.  However, we're fortunate to have the fine men (and women) at Blackwater and Richloam hatcheries producing many thousands of them each year.
    I remember pouring concrete for the one in Richloam back when I worked for Rinker.   That was a cool jobsite 
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