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Old 06-02-2017, 05:08 PM
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Ok yall i need some help. Ive got a local lake that i found out has stripers in it. Trying to find and catch them on artificial lures has been a challenge. The deepest spots in the lake are only 8ft deep with no structure in sight besides on the banks... any help from expirienced freshwater striper anglers are greatly appreciated ive been trying for months to figure it out but finally realized i should seek some help... btw im located in gibson island maryland
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Old 06-05-2017, 05:07 PM
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I'm a saltwater guy, but what's the primary forage fish in the lake? Make sure you're matching that with your artificial offering. Is there a spot where the baitfish tend to be more concentrated or that would offer some sort of ambush opportunity, like an inlet/outlet or soft structure like submerged tree braches, etc.?
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Old 06-05-2017, 05:50 PM
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Sadly no there are not any inlets or outlets its a spring fed pond/lake. As for forage mostly sunfish white perch and alewifes blue back herrings and shad.. but all of the latter have become scarce as of late. We also have ample largemouths and some crappies.. we have some deeper water cover but very minimal. Ive acquired a few new lures to try that more accurately resembles alewifes and shads.
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Sounds like you're on the right track. With so little else to go on, just keep experimenting with your offering and approach. If they do exist in this body of water, you'll eventually find them. Check out the "Sweetwater Stripers" section of the forum for some good reading about fishing for hybrid striped bass.

That said, it doesn't sound like a great habitat for even hybrid striped bass. Do you know how long it's been since the last time they were stocked there? I highly doubt that true striped bass could even survive in that body of water,,,, and they certainly couldn't reproduce there,,, so it's a good bet that you're looking for hybrid bass if there's any validity to the report that they exist there.
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:21 PM
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Actually they are 100% real stripers. It sits very close to the chesapeake bay... they got in when a hurricane came in and flooded the area over. Ive been catching them in there on live blue gills since 2005. Ive caught them as big as 20lbs in there with roe. We have a spill way that dumps into the bay via a culvert pipe that creates enough of a current in the spring for them to spawn but im afraid it gets much to warm and the bass eat them before they can grow in number. Google map search for otter pond maryland on gibson island.
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:24 PM
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Here is a photo of one my father caught a few years back
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Old 06-09-2017, 02:35 PM
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Actually they are 100% real stripers. It sits very close to the chesapeake bay... they got in when a hurricane came in and flooded the area over. Ive been catching them in there on live blue gills since 2005. Ive caught them as big as 20lbs in there with roe. We have a spill way that dumps into the bay via a culvert pipe that creates enough of a current in the spring for them to spawn but im afraid it gets much to warm and the bass eat them before they can grow in number. Google map search for otter pond maryland on gibson island.
Nice! That's a larger body of water than I was picturing in my head,,, the spring must keep it oxygenated and cool enough for them. Low oxygen levels and high water temps in shallow landlocked bodies of water like that will generally kill off purebred stripers.

While they may attempt to spawn there where there is some current, it unfortunately can't be a successful spawn. To actually hatch, striped bass eggs require current movement of at least 1 foot /second for a distance of at least 36 miles according to scientific studies. The eggs must remain suspended in the current the entire time until they hatch, so steady current and distance is a necessity otherwise the eggs will sink to the bottom and die before hatching.

You're lucky to have had some influx of them due to the hurricane, and striped bass can live to around 30 years old, but unfortunately unless they are replenished they'll eventually die out.
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