It’s no secret that some striped bass, instead of migrating south in the open ocean, choose to spend the winter in brackish and freshwater coastal rivers in New England, including the Mystic River, the Providence River, and the Thames, Connecticut and Housatonic rivers. These striped bass that don’t migrate south are what anglers call “holdover” stripers.
Where striped bass will often move far into fresh water coves that freeze solid enough for ice fishing, there’s the potential to connect with a striper through the ice—but it doesn’t happen very often. Here are a few photos we’ve received of striped bass caught while ice fishing.
Patrick Sullivan caught this keeper striped bass while ice-fishing on the Connecticut River in 2014.
Anthony Barone caught this keeper-size striper through the ice in Massachusetts using a very large shiner. He released it to be caught by another lucky angler.