I thought it was just me! Been out quite a few times since early June but never getting in big steady school bite. Tried throwing some drop shot rigged small silver spoons type stuff one day, and caught a wad of few bigger ones. But didn't replicate the next day. Lots of coves, lots of patterns, baits, depths...but def not as easy as last year. Maybe the mild spring meant lots of smaller baotfish around as suggested above. Fortunaely...I'm not getting skinny as catching enough to cook up. Tight Lines.
Maybe things are looking up, my dad had been out twice in past few days and has slayed them both days. He is finding them in coves with no wake buoys, 15-20 feet of water. Both days he has caught 50+. All on night crawlers on dropshot rigs. Early morning is when he has been going
I thought we were trying to lower the numbers of white perch in the lake. Wasn't that the whole concept of the perch jerk a year ago? Aren't they considered a top predator of the stocked baby stripers ? Cant have it both ways lol.
Well I try and do my part and catch all of them I can but I certainly hope they don’t go away, they are too much fun to catch!!😀😀 And honestly I don’t believe they are hurting the baitfish any, because the bait is thick this year in my opinion. I’ve never seen so many small baitfish swimming around. I can’t say much for the baby stripers though, I do know I have caught a bunch of small stripers this summer while fishing for perch, all about 8-12”.
Interesting find this morning. Found a long main lake point just loaded with bait and what looked like some fish. They were 45’ deep. I thought small stripers. I had no luck with a fluke. Put a 1/8 spoon down there, and it was white perch. That’s a first for me, I’ve never seen em so deep in summer.
Fished yesterday morning, found good numbers of perch in some coves in bull run area. Had to work for them though. Very finicky, most all laying tight to the bottom in 15-20’. Ended up with 30 keepers and 3 channel cats. Just a side note, I noticed several dead stripers floating around out in main channel, I’m just guessing the fleet of Striper boats that was camped out there was working on them.
You still using gulp minnows? I’ve been trying redworms and I like em better than crawlers.
I’m heading over to craddock and the keys in the morning. I’ve done well in craddock in the past. Gonna see if there’s anybody home in the far corner.
I was using gulps, red worms, and cut bait. The majority of them came off of the red worms. They was just biting tail off of the gulps. I’m like you I like the red worms better. We only had one citation, all the rest was about 8-10”. The fish you caught on that main lake , was they any size?
I was out this morning fishing for white perch. I caught a few small ones using red worms on a drop shot rig. The boat traffic pick up really early and that didn’t my fishing. I have not done very well on Mondays. I am wondering if the fish are still shocked from the weekend lake traffic and pressure. Just My Cents!