Smith Lake Striper Report!

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Posted by Captain Steve on August 19, 2001 at 08:02:56:

August 19th, 2001

Lake Down 5.7 Feet & Falling, 86 to 88 Degree's & Clear.

The heat of August means lots of water generation by the power company and dropping lake levels. This pushes the stripe to the open water over the timber. They tend to school tighter and move constantly in search of threadfin shad. They also become spookier and harder to stay on. This makes for idea trolling conditions because when trolling your always hitting new water and putting your baits in front of less pressured fish. Also as the temperature climbs the lake stratifies creating a thermocline. This helps concentrate the shad at a particular depth. The depth will very depending on the area and the conditions. Normally the stripe can be found holding at this same depth or just below it. Good electronics that show the shad are important and so is being able to control the depth of your bait. White and/or chartreuse bucktail jigs either downrigged or on leadcore line will take most fish. Early morning start with your baits in the 20 to 25 foot range and gradually work deeper until you find the fish. Many fisherman think the fish stop feeding after the sun gets up but in reality they simply go deeper. This is were good electronics and knowing how to use them comes in to play.

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Good Fishing!
Captain Steve

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