Sidekick and I decided to slip out to the lake Saturday before all the storms came to town. We caught a bait tank full of herring up at Island Creek in the morning and fished from Goat Island to Junkmanís curve. We ended up with 14 + stripers for the day. All the fish that we caught where up on the points in the main lake. We would troll our baits up in shallow (5 to 10 feet) of water on the points. We had to tie on a few hooks due to snags but it was worth it when you ran across a school of fish up on the point feeding. We found one shallow cove where the stripers had all the bait pushed up in the shallow water (10 to 15 feet). This was the biggest school of stripers that we have seen since the fall time. The depth finder was showing spaghetti marks when we went over the school and we had every rod go off. We turned around and went back over the school and did it again. WOW was that fun! Sad to say it was at the end of the day and that used up all our baits, so we had to stop fishing on that note. The biggest fish was 24- 25 inches. Still this year seams to be different in how you look for a good place to fish. Normally we would drive around looking for bait and then fish the area that is holding bait. This year it is hard to find the areas that are holding bait. We have been looking for areas that look like they might hold fish and you just have to start fishing. In the open water we did not mark any fish. It seemed that you only marked fish as you passed over the points adjacent to deep water. We caught fish on down rod and flat line the same. We had to drive up on the point and continually adjust the down rods. We had several double headers and even a triple header. We lost as many fish as we caught. All the fish have not moved up the river yet so hook up and give it a try.
Hope this helps someone have a good day.
See you on the lake next time