Different fishing seasons for Smith Mountain Lake Striped Bass Dec 13, 2019 18:26:54 GMT
Post by Ghost Comanche©® on Dec 13, 2019 18:26:54 GMT
Different fishing seasons for Smith Mountain Lake Striped Bass
by the Shad Taxi Striper Guide Service
Mid-October through the end of October:
This is the time of the year to see the infamous Striper Bustings. When the water temperatures drop to their liking, the stripers will school up the bait on the surface and ACRES of stripers can be busting these shad at the same time. Its the most heart-pounding experience to see thousands of stripers splashing the surface and they'll hit what we're casting everytime. These striper frenzies usually occur in the evenings, but can happen in the morning as well. If the stripers are not busting, we'll be pulling big bait on planers and shallow downlines.
November is the month for early morning casting. Early mornings and late evenings the stripers will be feeding in extremely shallow water. In the mornings we'll get out there before the sun rises and wait for the stripers to come in and start feeding. If they're blitzing, we'll be casting plugs to the shallows and it'll be a giant explosion when the striper crushes you plug. After the stripers leave the shallows, we'll be pulling bait strategically at the mouths of coves and creeks.
December through February:
Its cold, but its the best time of the year for numbers. During this period, we won't have to get up early, and we head out mid-morning through mid-afternoon. When the sun is at its highest and brightest, its time to pull out the spoons. This time of the year the stripers school up in massive schools and are mostly in the trees. This is a good time to bring a bunch of friends and have a jiggin' contest. Jiggin' spoons takes a little skill to do it right and to be able to set the hook quick enough. Once you get the hang of it, its awesome to talk 'junk' to your buds who haven't picked up on the skill yet.
March through April:
Time to pull out the planer boards. This is a very exciting time to fish for stripers because they will stalk your bait behind the planers and then explode on them like only a striper can. We'll be catching stripers in shallow water, so there's alot of visuals of the bite and fight. While we're pulling planer boards, I encourage my clients to cast to the banks as well. Somedays artificials will out-produce live bait. No joke. The fish are not schooled up this time of the year, and its mostly individuals and pairs of stripers cruising the banks.
May through June:
The weather starts warming up and the fish make a mad dash downlake. The fish school up and try to spawn. This is a great time for those who want to relax and just watch the live bait rods. Very popular time to fish since the fish are so schooled up, that when they come through, get ready because they'll hit ALL the rods at once.
July through September:
This is my busiest time of the year. The stripers school up in even bigger schools and migrate to their summer hideouts. Its alot of fun to jig these stripers up on light tackle, rather than a heavy trolling rod with 50lb test.