STRIPERS: The unseasonably warm weather has made the early morning and day fishing tough, however, there has been a very good evening bite an hour before sunset until dark. Casting sassy shads, sea shads, jigging spoons and live bait. The fish are schooled well around the splits and Rose Valley chasing bait to the surface in low light conditions and schooling deeper in the 20 to 30 foot flats during the day. Run live bait on down lines or jig Spoons and flukes at the depth you see the arches on your depth finder to catch these Stripers. The fish want to fatten up and will attack the larger baits driving the shad up to the surface with explosive strikes.
BASS: The fish are not cooperating in the back of the creeks and rivers like they should be this time of the year. Go directly to the mouths of the creeks working primary points and flats working deeper diving Crankbaits and Jerkbaits, As the water cools the fish will move into the creeks, but they haven’t yet. Fish are being caught as deep as 20-25’ on structure and docks using jigs and 7” worms.
CRAPPIE: The Crappie are also moving with the weather conditions. On warming trends they are moving up on the points with brush on them in 5 to 10 feet of water, on colder days the larger slabs can be caught on the deeper drops on primary points with structure [boulders or brush] on them. They will also move to the bridge pilings in the colder spells and congregate in large numbers. The nicer Crappie are feeding on 3 inch Threadfin Shad so try larger baits.