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Old 03-01-2011, 12:23 PM
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Want to troll for stripers at the local lake this year, not many are caught each year. Need some pointers on what the best water temps would be to target them and what bait or lures to use. Should I use my downriggers, what speed should I go. These things seem to be elusive at our lake but I will hear stories of some nice ones caught each year and have even seen one caught so I know they are there. Any tips would be appreciated.
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I use to fish fresh water striper tournaments all over the country. I can tell you one thing that is universal on lakes...night time is the right time.
Dawn and dusk before the boat teraffic starts and after it ends.
Plugs the size of your forage in the lake thrown up against steep shorelines close to deep water.
Live bait is also a good option. I sorta remember a lake in Ohio with stripers but it wasn't on the circuit as it wasn't that good of a fishery.
Downriggers may work depending on how deep the lake is and what is there to snag on.
Good luck.
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About all I fish for here on our lakes in the upstate of SC

Many variables to the fish we catch, mainly water temp and time of year.

Normally from late fall until mid-late spring we do very well with live bait trolled with electric trolling motors using planer boards and freelines. This is my favorite way to catch them. When water temp hits much over 70 that part is done.

Lot of guys will find them deep and drop live bait down to them and this works but is more for what we call "party fish". These are the 2-5lb fish guides take folks to that want to catch a lot of fish but not much size to most of these.

When water hits 60 or so we also will fish with FRESH cut bait. To do this we will pull up on a point near deep water and use carolina rigged lines(egg sinker and circle hook) and cut live bait in half and throw out 4 or more rods off the back/side of the boat and sit back and wait. You will catch catfish doing this but when striper hits it will take off like a mad man and the circle hook will do it's job.

Now for the heat of summer when they go deep we use downriggers and troll bucktails with trailers and also deep diving plugs and such. Around here this is more of July, August type of fishing

Also like mentioned above LOT of guys love to night fish, basically guys around here will use Honda generators (they are very quiet) and run sodium lights and anchor up in deep water or tie up under bridges and draw the bait in and in turn the fish will come. In lieu of generators and HP sodium lights you can use the Green fish lights, Hydroglow) and these work great also(not those cheap ass crappie green lights, these are the long 4' tubes and work well also.


The other method we use is pretty much year round and it is trolling artificials, deep diving crank baits and the good old stand by of Umbrella Rigs(Capt Mack Farr make some great ones-he has a web site) The U rigs do the trick but are not as fun to me as live bait on lighter tackle

You can go to Capt Mack Farr's web site and he has DVD's on some of these methods.

You can also hit Youtube(type in stripers on Lake Hartwell and some great how to videos there as well)

Good luck and if you ever down south give me a call and I will take you
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Great info guys, thanks for the help
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tprice......sounds like you're talking about Murray. Love that lake. Stayed at Putnums Landing many times when Mary owned it. Cut bait off the end of the lower island was my favorite spot. Caught some really nice fish there. Haven't been there in 10 years or so.
Smith Mountain is another favorite as is Percy Priest.
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tprice......sounds like you're talking about Murray.

Nope, Hartwell, Russell and "Lake X"
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Lake X huh, Aren't many left. I'll have to ask Norman.
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
Nope, Hartwell, Russell and "Lake X"
Geez... now we are keeping whole lakes secrets??? Murray and Wateree are my favorites. Hartwell fish are for fun and not eating as you know. Way too many PCB's in that lake's fish population. Great fishing though. Curious you fish Hartwell and not Clarks Hill. I fish live bait almost exclusively now but have caught many fish on cut bait. Personally I catch much bigger fish on live bait than Ive ever caught on cut bait. I find a school that has big fish in it and target them with live herring if I can get them. Position your bait a couple feet above the fish you mark on your fish finder.
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Last time I was at Murray, we were driving to Clarks Hill to catch bait and drag it back to Murray. Take a live herring and cut it in half at a 45 degree angle. Fish the head section and throw the other overboard. They just wouldn't touch a live bait. go figure.
Sitting here in NJ, I question why I'm still here with all that good fishin' in the Carolina's.
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Originally Posted by jus4funn2010 View Post
Geez... now we are keeping whole lakes secrets??? Murray and Wateree are my favorites. Hartwell fish are for fun and not eating as you know. Way too many PCB's in that lake's fish population. Great fishing though. Curious you fish Hartwell and not Clarks Hill. I fish live bait almost exclusively now but have caught many fish on cut bait. Personally I catch much bigger fish on live bait than Ive ever caught on cut bait. I find a school that has big fish in it and target them with live herring if I can get them. Position your bait a couple feet above the fish you mark on your fish finder.
I do fish Clarks Hill as well some and like that lake but "LAKE X" will remain a secret and no it is not Murray, Wateree or Greenwood Not a real big secret and not a lot of stripers there but we do catch a nice one (20lbs plus) when we hit it just right.

The PCB's in Hartwell do concern me but I do eat a few stripers every year but mostly C&R for Hartwell

I agree on the live bait, prefer it much more than cut bait fishing but the cut bait deal is very deadly when done properly
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Last time I was at Murray, we were driving to Clarks Hill to catch bait and drag it back to Murray. Take a live herring and cut it in half at a 45 degree angle. Fish the head section and throw the other overboard. They just wouldn't touch a live bait. go figure.
Sitting here in NJ, I question why I'm still here with all that good fishin' in the Carolina's.
That is the way we do it, and yes I agree you need to MOVE YOUR ASS BACK SOUTH

I would love to chase some of those yankee stripers in the saltwater up there, that looks like a lot of fun
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Night time on Hartwell is hard to beat. My brother's a part-time guide there, and I used to go down several times every summer, but haven't been able to make in the last 6 years or so. We usually buy a few bluebacks to get us started, but always jig them once they show up in the light. We have caught a few 15-18 lbs. on 4 lb. test while jigging bait. Man, it's alot of fun. Russel can also be a fun lake, but I've always liked Hartwell better.
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[I would love to chase some of those yankee stripers in the saltwater up there, that looks like a lot of fun[/QUOTE]


It can be big fun in the spring when the bass are on the schools of bunker. Fish up to 50 lbs are the norm. Shoot me a PM with your contact info and I'll call you when it's happening. Probably May/June. The pix below is from a early June trip. We had 21 fish with this being the biggest. All released.
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