Fishing is Very Good! The bite this week is the same as last week’s, change nothing.
The live-bait bite is starting to fall off some because it’s hard to keep your shad alive, and the trolling bite is starting to pick up.
We are catching very good numbers of stripers, hybrids and White Bass on our morning trips right now. Some mornings we are catching 30 – 50 fish per boat. The numbers will start slowing down some because the dissolved oxygen level is dropping fast.
All of the fish seem to be within one mile of the dam. Concentrate your efforts from the mouth of Clear Creek to Clarks Creek. Once you find the fish, start the morning fishing live shad on downlines at 24 feet. This can be a good bite if you’re on feeding fish, but the key is fresh baits. Change your baits often. Once the live bait bite slows down, switch to trolling umbrella rigs.
I have been having most of my success pulling nine 1/2-oz. white bucktails with chartreuse trailers about 110 feet behind the boat, which puts the rigs about 24 feet deep. Also keep your topwater baits ready in case any schooling fish come up. They’ll hit a popping cork, fluke or Sammy, but I prefer the biggest white Rooster Tail we can find.
The secret to getting bit is to fish with light line (6-lb. test) and to retrieve your bait as fast as you can crank it in. In these conditions it’s important to get your fish back in the water quickly if you want to release it. Keep your camera ready because a quick release can mean the difference between a dead fish and one that swims away. We also suggested riding back over the area you just fished and keeping any floaters.
Fresh bait is a must right now. Striper Soup has plenty of bait in stock for those of you that don’t want to get to the lake at 4 am. Our boats are taking no less than 80 baits out for our four-hour trips.
When you want to catch fish, give me a call and we’ll set up a time.
Robert Eidson’s E-mail address: [email protected]
Website: First Bite Guide Service