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Winter Fishing near Captain's Cove: Striped Bass Season

As we look ahead toward colder weather (if it ever comes...), you may be thinking it's time to winterize your boat and put it away for the season. But for those of us who just can't go months without being out on the water, don't worry. Winter means it's striped bass season in Virginia.

Striped Bass

According to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Striped Bass' peak months are September - January, and again in May - June, with the peak for large fish in November and December.

Seventy to 90 percent of the Atlantic striped bass population spawns in the Chesapeake Bay, making it a prime fishing spot during striper season. Young bass will stay in the waters where they are born until they reach a length of about 30 inches. After that, they become migrators.

In the spring warm weather, stripers migrate north to New England for cooler water. Then in the fall, most of the migrating stripers end up back down in the deeper waters off of the VA and NC coasts, where they spend the winter, while some of the population winters in the Bay.

Striped Bass are can be found in all coastal inshore and Chesapeake Bay waters, and along the Assateague surf in late fall and early spring. Large stripers are most often found along Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, the main portion of Chesapeake Bay and off the Virginia Capes at the mouth of the Bay.

So shake off those winter blues and get fishing!