Striper fishing remains active with a good number of fish being caught all throughout the day. The south end of the lake is still the best place to find the stripers in the mouth of the creeks and the main river channel from Big Creek to the Dam
As for live bait, Blue back herring on down rods at 50 to 80 feet down over a 90 to 130 foot bottom is the top producer but we have also started to see fish shallow in 30 to 60ft pockets and up on Points and humps. We are running a 7ft 10 to 12lb fluorocarbon leader with a size 1 hook. Trolling both Lead Core and Umbrella rigs has also continued to pick me up some extra fish when in search of live bait fish. The lead core line with a 1 ½ Buck tail jigs with a 4 inch shad body fished at 8 to 9 colors out with a 30ft leader. The Umbrella rig is working great, but you need to really make sure that you are fishing the right depth, otherwise you will be missing the pockets of fish or getting hung up in the tree tops. To hook up with the fish you should be Fishing with the rig from 120ft to as far back as 180 to 200 feet behind the boat, keeping a close watch on your depth and speed.
Moving into the next few weeks of October this pattern may change if the temperature keeps dropping the bait and fish will start to move up higher in the water column with the stripers heading towards to the middle/backs of the creeks or pull up on 30 to 50ft point and humps.
This could change up the techniques to some Down rods, Umbrella rigs, casting top water, Flat lines, and planner boards. This is the time of year you have to throw the whole arsenal of rods into the boat because you might have something different every day.