A big reason that guide Joel Richardson fishes Kerr Lake’s northern creeks and coves near the dam for stripers in February and March are the many islands surrounded by deep-water channels that serve as highways for that species.
The zones of 10- to 16-foot water around the islands will hold baitfish and attract gamefish from December through March.
“I really like to throw a jerkbait around the islands in Eastland and Butchers creeks,” he said.
Richardson prefers a 4-inch, suspending Lucky Craft Pointer When he retrieves a jerkbait, the lure resembles a large, injured shad.
“After you throw it as far as you can, give it two jerks, then stop it, then jerk once, then stop it again,” he said. “Jerk and reel until it comes back to your boat.”
The erratic retrieve ignites reaction strikes from the rockfish.
“It gets down about 6 feet,” Richardson said. “A striper will take it away from you.”
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