Striped Bass Deep Water Fishing Facts and Information Feb 1, 2019 15:21:12 GMT
Post by Virginia Striper©® on Feb 1, 2019 15:21:12 GMT
Striped Bass Deep Water Fishing Facts and Information
When summer fishing from a boat, some anglers use temperature indicators to find the cool, oxygen-rich, thermocline layer of water.
During the day, Striped Bass enjoy the safety of the deep and only come to the surface at night, especially during hot summer months along the southern us coast. They enjoy feeding along the edges or drop offs. They also prefer oxygenated waters.
Where landlocked, these areas can be the mouths of rivers. However, young Striped Bass do not head into deep water until later summer. In some locations, Stripers are relegated to reservoirs and lakes that do not allow for normal migration and spawning, but they still look for the well-oxygenated thermocline in the deep that both prey and stripers dwell.
Trolling, Casting, Fly Fishing
Catching Striped Bass in deep water can be done by trolling, spinning, casting and fly casting. While these techniques can work at night, they work best during the day. See night fishing techniques for information on fishing for stripers in the shallows. Striped Bass usually requires a depth finder and temperature indicator. The exception is in late spring, when the best striper fishing is often from shore and at night.
Around the same time that stripers are returning to the lake from smaller streams, schools of gizzard and threadfin shad begin to spawn nightly in the shallow bays. Striped Bass ambush the spawning shad from deep water, intercepting the schools as they move into shallow water to spawn.
Night lake fishing for large Striped Bass usually requires heavy spinning equipment and twenty-pound test line. Cast a deep-running crank bait parallel to the shore in a rocky area that features a ten or twenty foot drop-off. Pace the lure at a medium speed to ensure that the lure maintains its maximum depth. At night, loud, rattle crank baits filled with split shot attract both Striped Bass and impressively sized largemouth’s.
When summer fishing from a boat, some anglers use temperature indicators to find the cool, oxygen-rich, thermocline layer of water. The layer above the thermocline, called the epilimnion, is warm and low in oxygen content; equally, the hypolimnion layer below the thermocline is cold and low in oxygen content. The oxygen-rich thermo cline layer cools as the water deepens, and attracts many varieties of fish. Therefore, anglers try to position their lures in the fish-filled thermo cline layer. A tool that is very helpful when fishing from a boat is the use of an electric motor as it creates very little noise to scare away the fish.
Striped Bass swim throughout a lake and are hard to track at most times during the season. While a depth finder will locate Striped Bass, they do not remain in one area for long. It is better to understand the movement of the thermocline as this knowledge will prove more successful and enable you to better use a sonar and catch Striped Bass. Try starting with drop-offs, in the lower half of the lake, along river channels, over submerged islands and ridges in the thermocline layer by trolling a crank bait or a live shad. Use live shad and minnow bait or large jigs along dams at depths of twenty or forty feet.