Not much has changed since my last report. Striper Fishing has been
very good most days this month with a good amount of fish being caught. The surface temperature are going anywhere from low 80s early in the morning to the high 80s by mid-day.
The key continues to be trees in 70 to 100 feet of water just
off the creek channel and river channels on the main parts of the lake. The fish at 50 to 100 feet have been eating well but in order to fish this deep: when you find them you might have to do a few tight circles to find the best place to drop away from high tree tops so you can get your bait down without getting hung up in the trees.
When fishing this deep your bait will not live long at all so keep that in mind but I have caught some fishing on bait that I am sure was dead.
On my downlines I have mixed it up using some with 12lb fluorocarbon leader and some with 10 lb. Most days the 10lb fluorocarbon leader will get you
more bites but it’s a traded off you are going to lose a few good fish from wear and pressure put on the line pulling these fish up from so deep.
There are a lot of single stripers along with groups of stripers chasing bait balls at 30 to 40 feet deep. These higher fish in the water column at 40 feet deep and higher will not touch live bait but you can trigger a reaction bite with those fish by trolling. Lead core trolling has started to work really good in the last two weeks. To get the lead line down to 30 plus feet I use a 30 to 40 ft 17lb fluorocarbon leader then go out 8 to 9 colors (depending where your marking the most fish, you might have to play with it a little to get it fully dialed in.) on the end I tie on a 1 ½ oz buck tail jig with a 4 inch shad body or tipping your bucktail jig with a live blue back. Go enjoy some fishing.