August 15th? Sure would not know it by the weather. 74 degrees currently and 2 or 3 more days with forecast high temps well below 80 degrees. Factor in a high rain chance and a persistent east wind and it seems more like late Sept or October. It will be curious to see how much the surface temp drops and how it affects fishing. Oh well, nothing we can do but keep fishing! The Striper bite is very inconsistent and the fish are scattered. I see two patterns that have been producing fairly well in the past few days. The first is a typical Summer pattern-look for fish around the mouths of the major creeks and over the river channel. The fish will 30 to 80 feet deep, and camping out over these fish with downlines will produce some nice fish. Stagger the depths of your baits, but 70 feet has been a good number the past few days.
The other pattern to fish 40 foot points and humps near the creek and river channels. Hang your bait around 35 and wait ‘em out. I am not seeing huge numbers of fish on these places, so if you mark one or two fish it may be worth trying. On either of these two patterns you will need to change baits frequently. As is often the case in late Summer the Herring may not last long on the hook so keep ‘em fresh, especially when you have fish on the sonar. Trolling is still a good way to search, but I don’t think the leadcore is getting deep enough to catch many of the fish that are 40 feet plus. Try larger jigs, or multiple jigs to increase your depth, or pull out the downriggers to get the bait into the strike zone. Check the generation schedule, moving water seems to really enhance the bite right now.
The Bass bite is still pretty good, but has slowed in recent days. It looks like the Spots are really getting deep into the brush and moving in deeper as well. I think many of the big Spots are suspending in the open water timber, might be time to cast the big spoons into the standing tree tops!
Striper fishing remains pretty good, perhaps a little inconsistent, but overall pretty good. The techniques are very standard for this time of year, Herring on the down-lines, trolling w/lead-core, and power reeling big jigs. I did switch to larger jigs on the leadcore, 1.5 to 2 oz Chipmunks, and I believe this has gotten me a few extra bites. The Summer time standard 8 or 9 colors seems to be working well.
Striper fishing has been good and the patterns are very typical for this time of year. The fish are starting to get into some big schools and we have seen some good numbers being caught in recent days. You may have to search awhile to locate fish, just keep looking around until you see them on the sonar. Concentrate your search efforts over the creek channels and the river channel. Don’t be hesitant to look into some of the into some of the long, deep coves feeding into the creeks as well.
Striper fishing has been a little inconsistent, but overall I will give it a rating of good. Typical of this season, you may have to spend some time searching for fish, but often when you find them they may be really bunched up. Trolling leadcore is a good search technique, 8 colors out with a 1oz or 1.5 oz jig and chartreuse trailer has been producing well. The leadcore is working over the river channel and creek channels, but don’t limit your search to just the channels. Look around submerged islands and flats off of the channels as well. There are still good numbers of fish over a 35 to 50 foot bottom on this type of structure. If you see one or two fish really tight to the bottom, try dropping a bait.
Fishing has been good this week with good catches of Stripers and Spotted Bass being reported! Water temps are on the rise, 86 degrees today when I took out, a little more of a typical temp for this time of year. The Stripers are really piling up on the lower end of the lake, you will still have to do some looking, but once you find them they may be really bunched up. Live Herring on downlines and floating downlines are producing well, and we are starting to catch a few power reeling live baits and Bucktails. Concentrate your search around creek channels and humps and points adjacent to the channels. Trolling leadcore is a great way to locate the fish, switch over to the downrods once you locate them.
The Spots are all over the submerged islands, maybe a little deeper than last week, at least the bigger ones. Look for these fish in 18 to 25 feet, with some of the magnums moving down as deep as 30. Topwaters over the brush, the Big Chug Bug has been strong, is working well, and a drop shot worm will get the numbers. If you just want to catch a bunch of fish, Spot Tail minnows will rack ‘em up. Fish them on the dropshot on the tops of the humps.