Wild Atlantic Striped Bass, often called striper, striped bass or even rockfish, are caught along the East Coast, mainly in Virginia and Maryland. They live along the East Coast from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to St. John’s River in Florida, and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Louisiana. They were also introduced to inland lakes and reservoirs and to the West Coast, where they’re now found from Mexico to British Columbia.Striped bass are anadromous—they live in the ocean but return to freshwater to spawn. After they hatch, striped bass larvae drift downstream toward their nursery areas in river deltas and the inland portions of the coastal sounds and estuaries. Juveniles typically remain in estuaries for 2 to 4 years and then migrate out to the Atlantic Ocean. Some striped bass spend the majority of their adult life in rivers or coastal estuaries, and some spend it in the ocean, migrating north and south seasonally and ascending to rivers to spawn in the spring. Striped bass tagged in the Chesapeake Bay have been caught in Canadian waters. Atlantic striped bass have a slightly sweet flavor. They have light-colored flesh with firm, large flakes.