Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fishing Report


MID SUMMER REPORT

   STRIPERS:  Stripers are schooling chasing baits to the surface early in the morning and on cloudy days then sounding to depths of 25 to 35 feet deep making live bait fishing and trolling very effective. Schools can be found from the Splits down to the dam in the main lake regions of the lake.
   Here are a few techniques to catch Stripers. Stripers will be chasing small bait fry to the surface advertising where they are making top water action the key in low light times of the day. Although the smaller Stripers are what you catch on the surface sometimes the larger fish are below the schoolies .  Baits like, topwater Redfins, Zara Spooks, plastic jerkbaits and spoons skipping across the surface will catch the breaking fish. Sea Shads and Sassy Shads may catch some of the suspending Stripers. Trolling can be very productive especially when the sun gets bright and the schools break up. The key to this method is to put your lures at the same depth the fish are holding. Use Manns Stretch 20, Deep Redfins, DD-22's or Bandit Deep.   Another productive way to catch Stripers is to use live bait rigged on downlines presenting the baits at the exact depth that you see them on your Depth Finder. 

   BASS: The Bass are in their summer patterns and are predictable in their feeding habits. Early in the morning it is hard to beat working primary points nearby deep water with topwater baits [Spooks, Chuggars, Prop Baits , etc.]. Many Bass will school in the mouths of creeks on structures especially  humps and ledges where baitfish are present. Once the sun gets bright  Bass will retreat back to the depths using stumps, rock and brush piles, bridge pilings and ledges as cover. Use deep diving crankbaits, Carolina, Texas and Drop Shot rigs to catch these Bass. Throw a huge 9” inch Texas rigged worm into deep cover to catch fish that are pressured with conventional baits.       

    CRAPPIE: Most Crappie have moved to deeper water and are feeding heavily on 2 inch bait fry. Structures in 15 to 30 feet can hold schools and should be fished vertically using your depth finder to keep you on your target. Night fishing can be excellent for Crappie, find deep dock with lights on them for some summertime action.


Report furnished  by Lake Anna Striper Guide Service

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EARLY SUMMER REPORT

STRIPERS:  HOT…Not only has the weather been hot so far this month but the Striper fishing has been hotter than previous years. Stripers have migrated to the mid lake regions and are aggressively feeding on 25 to 40 foot flats gorging themselves on blue back Herring. There are literally hundreds of schools of Stripers roaming the lake now and good electronics are crucial in locating and staying on the schools.  Some good techniques to try now are as follows:
Top water action can be excellent. In the low light times of the day the stripers will bust Spooks, Pencil Poppers and Redfins worked near the deeper banks and over humps. When the Stripers back off to deeper flats Sea Shads, Sassy Shads and Swim Baits counted down to the depth you see fish and retrieved through the schools will work well. Once the fish congregate nearby the bottom jigging spoons and Super Flukes will also catch fish. Trolling is a good option this time of year, the main consideration is to put your baits in the part of the water column where the Stripers are. Deep diving Redfins with a bucktail, Norman DD-22, and Bandit Deep are all great choices for trollers. 
The best way to catch Stripers  is to use live bait;  Herring or minnows rigged on downlines putting the baits in the Stripers face. It is important to get the bait to the exact depth to maximize your catches. Even when you encounter breaking fish downlines worked nearby the fish will usually produce nicer Stripers, the smaller fish working the top part of the water column with the larger fish being underneath them.

BASS: The Bass are post spawn now and have retreated to deeper water to replenish their energy. The Bass will still feed in low light conditions and will hit top water baits with vengeance, a Pop R being a great example. Work these baits with slow rhythmic chuggs giving the Bass time to locate and blow up on the bait. June is a great month to work the old Carolina Rig with Lizzards or your favorite rubber bait, a lot of water can be covered quickly to locate Bass. Swimbaits will also catch very nice Bass this month.

CRAPPIE: The slabs have pulled out and are being caught on deeper points with brushpiles and on the deeper bridge pilings in the 10 to 20 foot ranges. They continue to hit small minnows and jigs . The fish are also stacking up on ledges in the rivers in the 8 to 15 foot depths.  Crappie rigs [two hook rigs] tipped with minnows are deadly this month. Simply lower your offerings to the depth of the fish and once you start catching doubles mark your line at that depth and fill your cooler up.

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