August was a crazy fishing month filled with trips.
I'm going to talk about the patterns I am using right now and the same patterns should carry out into mid/late September.
As of right now striper fishing from 9 am-6 pm has been outstanding for numbers with some nice size fish been caught. I don’t see this pattern changing rapidly unless we start getting a lot of cold fronts dropping the lake temperature.
The Fish are holding in big schools around the mouth of southern creek channels and the main river channel. There are fish swimming around 30ft all the way down at 100ft plus.
The live bait bite has been the best way to catch them, Blue back herring on down rods at 55 to 80 feet down over a 90 to 130 foot bottom is the top producer. 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 down-lines I have been using a 12 lb fluorocarbon leader. I have moved back up on leader size from the 10lb fluorocarbon leader due to the amount big schools of smaller fishing hiding some very big fish in them.
Lead-core fishing has been still great way to catch some extra fish. 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.
Now Get out there and get fishing... or Give me a call and I will get you hooked up