Posted by Captain Steve on February 02, 2001 at 16:36:59:
SMITH LAKE STRIPER REPORT!
February 2nd, 2001
Lake Down 4.7 Feet & Steady, 44 Degree's & Stained.
With the rising water the majority of the stripe are beginning to stage near their spring feeding grounds which consist of shallow flats, humps, and long points, near deep water. These are areas that are protected from the wind and warm quickly which attract both threadfin and gizzard shad, the stripes main forage. Currently and until the water surface temperature climbs into the mid to high 50's the stripe will be over the open, deep, 80 to 100 foot, water suspended from 20 to 40 feet depending on the weather conditions. surface activity is common both early and late in the day this time of year and casting 1/2 ounce white bucktail jigs while free lining live bait such as shad or goldfish will work best. After the morning feed and during mid day trolling large Long A type diving plugs 25 to 30 feet deep, either downriggered or on lead core line will produce some nice catches.
WARNING! DUE TO THE RAPID RISE IN THE WATER LEVEL IN RECENT DAYS THERE ARE MANY FLOATING OBSTACLES ON THE WATER! USE CAUTION!
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