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Old 09-03-2006, 06:55 PM
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Early Springtime Reservoir Stripers On Artificials


With water temps in the high 40s to low 50s, fishing for early springtime stripers (like so many other gamefish) downsizing is the way to start the season. For the most part stripers are shallow this time of year due to the cool water temps. Stripers are usually feeding on 1-3 threadfin or gizzard shad. Small lures like topwater jerkbaits or swimming minnows reeled slowly are a good choice along with bucktail jigs without any trailers (match the hatch). Good locations can be headwaters, slow tapering points and feeder creeks.

When water temps start rising into the high 50s stripers start to get more aggressive and feed on larger 8-10 gizzard shad. This is when I start going to larger topwaters. Some of my favorite topwaters are swimming minnows, poppers, stickbaits & prop baits. Remember to go BIG, because when stripers are feeding on large 10 shad they often overlook a 4 lure.

Your best bite with shallow water stripers is very early in the morning or in the evening. When I say early morning, I mean early morning. Be on the water a few hours before the sun starts popping up as the morning bite can be over by 8:00 am and extend only if you have overcast skies or fog in the forecast. Windy days can stretch a morning bite out also since chop on the water can break up light penetration. The reasoning is that stripers are very light sensitive and once the sun starts rising they tend to move deeper.

When cold-water stripers start going deep is when I start heavy metal fishing. Im not talking Mettalica or Motley Crue, but jigging spoons and blade baits. Some of my favorites include Hopkins spoons, Silver Buddies, Zip Lures and even Fuzzy Duzzits, which are popular blade baits with muskie fisherman when hunting deep water muskies. These baits are now starting to make the crossover (like so many other muskie lures) to striper fishing. Rattling baits, such as Diamond Shads, Rattlin Rapalas and Rat-L-Traps are good versatile choices. These are great lures for covering water fast and are also very effective when vertical jigging.

Key locations for deep-water stripers can be main feeder creeks branching off the river channel. If the water temp is below 50 degrees, look for stripers in the 30-50 ft. range. In many cases they will be close to some kind of structure such as points, humps or old creek beds. Standing timbers near creek and river channels can be striper and wiper holding magnets also. When fishing standing timber on sunny days, the fish will more than likely be in the trees, and on the outside on overcast days. When jigging or working standing timber it is a good idea to beef up your line and invest in a good lure retriever or plug knocker, as your going to need it sooner or later.

When trying to locate deep-water stripers make sure to be on the lookout for schools of shad for they will we close by. Finding these schools can be a time consuming process but it really can pay off.

When deep water jigging, I recommend a sensitive rod with some good backbone. I also downsize my line to12-15lb test since it keeps you in better contact with your lure. The sensitive rods? key role is detecting the slightest hit. I have caught stripers as far down as 60- 70ft. and it is amazing how soft of a hit a 20lb striper can make when inhaling your lure (as bassnbear says.. "If it don't feel right..SET THE HOOK!") Remember, it is very important to keep contact with your lure on the fall since they rarely hit it on the rise.

These are some of my favorite and productive strategies for coldwater stripers. Some of the most exciting fishing is catching stripers on artificial lures, especially topwaters, and if you have never experienced it you owe it to yourself to go out and give it a try.
Just remember to HANG ON!


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Old 01-24-2007, 12:03 PM
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I am going to try some striper fishing but I do not want to buy all the products you mentioned.

If you could only have one lure for spring Stripers what would it be?

I will be using Shad too.
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Bucktail Jig
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Amen to the bucktail jig, especially in chartreusse, but if they are shallow I also like to use a Rapalla Shad Rap, the jointed kind in silver deep diving. I think it's a J5.
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Black Pearl Gizz 4. You can work it slow or crank it fast or you can work it like a jerk bait.
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Black Pearl Gizz 4. You can work it slow or crank it fast or you can work it like a jerk bait.
Scott, I couldn't have said it better myself. :)
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Remember, it is very important to keep contact with your lure on the fall since they rarely hit it on the rise.

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LC,
I'll have to dig it out of a post somewhere, but a Charter Guide fishing the Gizz4 said he learned something new with it, he was getting repeated strikes "on the rise" as he would pause his retrieve. Not that the norm isn't on the fall, but I found it interesting (and worth another Gizz4 plug) that the Gizz4 was attractive rising too!
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I'm not surprised LMJ, and would love to see the article.

There is also a technique we call "burning the bait" in which, you drop the lure to the desired depth, and rip it up, pause and then slowly raise it another 2'-4'. It can trigger some hits from some non active fish as well.

Another interesting story is..

A member of our club was experimenting using umbrellas rigs under electric power, 'and by accident and to his surprise was getting fish to hit the u-rig when he was cranking them up to the boat "on the rise! Thats right! He was basically vertical jigging umbrella rigs and triggering hits!

It just goe's to show ya, 'you just never know. Somedays, all it takes is just something a little different and off the wall to get them to cooperate!

I love it, because they are always keeping me on my toes!
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LC, here is the info on the Gizz4 rising, I hope it's ok to post the guide's name and contact info here:

Quote: [I enjoy using new lures as they can turn me on to different patterns with their different types of actions such as your GIZZ baits ,I found at times the fish hit better on the rise than on the fall,new way of thinking..Thanks and I look forward to trying the topwater... Capt. Mike Lauret]
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Like you said, the fishies are always trying to out-think us, even with that tiny little brain (their's, not our's!)
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