What Pound Line Should I Use for Striper Fishing?

When it comes to striper fishing, the pound line you use makes a huge difference in the success of your outing. Depending on the type of water you’re fishing in, and the size of the fish you’re Targeting, there are different pound lines that work best. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right one for your needs.

For Lakes and Reservoirs:

If you’re striper fishing in a lake or reservoir, there are several factors to consider when picking out a pound line. First, consider the water depth: if it’s shallow, then lighter pound lines can work well.

In deeper waters, however, heavier lines are needed to get down deep enough for those big stripers. Additionally, if there’s lots of weeds or brush in the water, then heavier lines are necessary to get through them without getting snagged.

For Rivers and Streams:

When fishing rivers and streams for stripers, a slightly lighter line is usually ideal. This is because the water is typically shallower and less likely to have weeds or brush that could snag your line. The current will also play into which pound line you should use: if it’s fast-moving water with lots of rapids or even white water rapids, then using an extra heavy line will help keep your bait in place.

For Coastal Fishing:

Coastal striper fishing can be a bit different than other types of striper fishing due to the variety of structure and depths of ocean waters. In this case, it’s best to go with an intermediate pound line that can handle both deep-water trolling as well as casting close to shore. Additionally, if you plan on Targeting bigger fish such as trophy-sized stripers or mahi mahi then heavier lines will be necessary.


Choosing the right pound line for striper fishing depends on several factors such as water depth and type (lake/river/ocean), current speed of the water, and size of fish being sought after. Heavier lines tend to work better in deeper waters with more cover while lighter lines are better suited for shallow waters and faster currents. When in doubt about which one to use for coastal fishing or trolling deep ocean waters; an intermediate weight is usually recommended.

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Daniel Bennet