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I have never fished for stripers on purpose, I've caught a few while bass fishing. The lake temps around here are low to mid 50's, and they seem active. I want to catch a few, would rather not use live bait. What lure/presentation should I use? Right now I'm thinking of watching the birds and where I see them working the bait fish try to fish. I'm thinking a fluke, swimbait and top water, would be my best options. The forage base is blue back herring. So what should I be doing to catch these fish.

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The Rig, nothin' to talk about. I still have not fully recovered from a trip

on the Tennessee River back in August! Too many fish and they were

way too big!

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The rig? Sounds like a good idea, definitely put that on the short list.

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I fish a reservoir that has american shad as the main forage, and one of my favorite lures to use is a lucky craft pointer 128 in either american shad or ghost minnow. A pearl white fluke on a jighead also works well, or sometimes on a scrounger jighead. 

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Alabama Rig or Keitech swing impact. We went, unguided and with zero striper fishing knowledge, to Beaver Lake last year and boated several stripers between us in just 2 days of fishing. Swimming super flukes on the A-rigs, the Keitechs were on 1/4oz heads. 

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Everything said here is spot on. Spoons are also good if you need to get deeper, as are white/chartreuse curly tailed grubs. Spooks worked fast if they're busting bait.

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I wasn't sure, So stripers live in salt and fresh water?

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I wasn't sure, So stripers live in salt and fresh water?

Yep. They get bigger in the ocean but they're fun no matter where you catch them :)

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I live in AR and stripers are in many bodies of water in my state. I've been on guided trips and we used gizzard shad everytime. Just bass fishing, I have caught them on a half ounce Rat'L'Trap. If I was unguided and targeting them I'd have to say "The" Rig, umbrella rig or maybe a big bucktail jig. Maybe a trolling crankbait in a trout color.

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I live in AR and stripers are in many bodies of water in my state. I've been on guided trips and we used gizzard shad everytime. Just bass fishing, I have caught them on a half ounce Rat'L'Trap. If I was unguided and targeting them I'd have to say "The" Rig, umbrella rig or maybe a big bucktail jig. Maybe a trolling crankbait in a trout color.

 

Caught my PB on Beaver Lake fishing live shad on a balloon rig.

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Caught my PB on Beaver Lake fishing live shad on a balloon rig.

 

My PB was on Lake Greeson. Not as well known for stripers as Beaver or Ouachita.

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I do really well with rat-l-traps and jerk baits, as for top water you can't go wrong with a bone colored heddon spook

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Spooks, slug gos, pencil poppers, rat l traps, big crank baits like bombers long A. 2-3oz all white buck tail jig with a white curly tail grub is like candy to them.

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50" fish come out of our inland that holds them. Id be firing off something big, probably a large swimbait in a trout pattern. This lake has trout and shad. The rig could be good too, id be going with big baits myself. If I am fishing for fish 40"+ I wanna go big or go home. I dont want to catch 15" ones.

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ive caught plenty trolling a single chartruese sassy shad on a green painted jig head. ironically i have never caught one trolling an umbrella rig, not land locked anyways, i did catch a 42 incher in the chesapeake bay last mothers day on an umbrella rig.

 

also, white flukes on a jig head will work if you can find them schooled up.

 

im surprised no one has mentioned the thunderstick, people on smith mtn lake swear by them for night time casting for stripers.

 

ive also caught them on chicken livers and white perch cut bait while catfishing. 15 minutes later i caught a 4lb channel cat on the same piece of white perch cutbait lol...

 

my biggest land locked striper if i recall correctly is 27.5 inches...for some reason im thinking 29 inches too, really cant remember...but the striper fishing is coming back big time on smith mtn lake from what i understand, there was a fish kill some years ago that wiped out a bunch of big stripers. copepods or whatever attached themselves to the stripers gills and affected their breathing thereby wiping out ones that made some longer runs up and down the lake. before that it was considered a trophy striper fishery. they now have for the last several years implemented a slot limit in the colder months where you have to throw them back if theyre within that slot limit. warmer months the encourage you keep what you caught up to your limit because of a higher death rate when releasing them...

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If you want to catch them look for the birds. I am a striper fisherman. My uncle is a guide. My opinion is look for birds then hit the banks with a buck tail. Full white with a white Ice fluke trailer. Just twitch the bait and it will catch them!! Just gotta find the burds

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I have the most success on them when they are activley feeding and catch them on a number of baits. 4" sassy shad on 1/2 jig heads. red head chartruese body or white body with red head is my best producers. also have luck on bama rigs with 4" baits. a magnum super fluke in white or bubblegum. or big topwater spooks or cordell redfins for heartstopping topwater strikes . or my personal favorite throwingbig swimbaits for them .

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