Need some advice
I've scoured the forums for info but can't find anything relevant and I'm hoping that there will be some people with personal experience with my particular quandary whom will chime in. I'm Ben BTW. I fish exclusively in moving water from a kayak or canoe, primarily in Alabama for spotted bass. However, i have many vivid memories of me and my dad getting into stripe as a kid and they have always held a special place in my heart. They simply aren't found in the majority or the free flowing creeks and rivers that I fish. However, a friend of mine recently discovered a small, swift water creek that contains some nice stripers and because he knows that I love them, he told me about it. We've fished this creek 3 times: the first time it was high and muddy, and we caught about 6 good stripe 8-10lbs. The second time, it was lower but still higher than normal and not muddy but dingy; we caught 6 again but this time they ranged from 3-10 lbs with most of them smaller. The third time, the creek was at normal flow and was crystal clear. I was absolutely AMAZED at the sheer number of stripers that were stacked up in a few of the holes in this creek. I could see them plain as day, but alas they would not bite anything i had to offer. Now keep in mind I'm a bass fisherman so I was throwing bass lure. We caught all the others on the previous 2 outtings on white spinnerbaits and white chatterbaits with a white swimbait as a trailer. They wouldn't even look at these offerings in the clear water. Now to my question: how does one go about catching stripe (these were saltwater striped bass BTW, not hybrids) in a shallow, clear creek. These fish come out of a lake, but are 5 or more miles upstream from the lake in this creek because the creek has 4 or 5 very cold springs that run into it. The fish are there for thermal refuge. I also wonder if they will be there all year or if they are just there for the summer. Does anyone have any insight on whether or not these fish will be here all year long, and how I can catch them? Sorry for the long post. I would truly appreciate any input. I'm not against live bait but it wouldn't be my first choice if there is a good way to catch them on artificials.