10 Tips For Catching Freshwater Striped Bass Feb 1, 2019 15:00:45 GMT
Post by Virginia Striper©® on Feb 1, 2019 15:00:45 GMT
10 Tips For Catching Freshwater Striped Bass
1. Landlocked stripers are sterile. But they still migrate. Look for them to make a false spawning run in April and May, which is nearly the same as saltwater stripers.
2. During the winter you'll find these fish in the deepest waters of lakes in which they have been stocked.
3. Look for anything different about the surface of the water - swirls, feeding birds, small fish jumping and color. This especially important from July through the fall when stripers feed near the surface early and late in the day and drop into deep holes during the middle of the day.
4. There are tons of gimmics out there designed to improve trolling, from sideplaners to downriggers. The best approach is to select a plug that dives to the desired depth and fish it on a `flat line,'' or one without that other stuff on it.
5. As big as some stripers are, they hit subtly. When trolling, your best bet is to hold the rod so you can feel the slight tug.
6. Don't forget plastic: Topwater jerk worms such as the Slug-Go are excellent.
7. When live bait fishing, try to match the water's natural forage. Jumbo shiner minnows are a good bet because they so closely mimic landlocked herring and shad that are so abundant
8. Structure comes in dozens of forms from obvious long, sloping points to subtle humps on the bottom. Seek out these sites well off the shore and you'll find stripers.
9. The same goes for cover. Deep-water grass beds, trees and rocks will hold stripers.
10. Stay on the move. Don't spend all day in one spot, unless of course you are catching a fish every cast. If you are trying something that doesn't work, then try something else. For that reason, pack gear that will allow you to use different techniques.