The striper fishing this past month has been on fire and October looks to be much of the same. The stripers are beginning to want to school on the surface. The weather has not gotten cool enough yet but it is coming quick. As soon as the next cold front, look for the stripers to be schooling on the surface and easy to identify. The schools will be massive and sometimes look like what you would see schooling in the ocean. Needless to say, it is very exciting fishing and catching. Spool up several spinning rods like a 7′ Ugly Stick GX2 and a Penn Battle 3000 with 12 pound Trilene Big Game line and you are ready for action. The best lures will be surface plugs like the Sebile Action First Belly Walker and Sebile Slim Stick. each year it is a different lure. The Heddon Super Spook and Cotton Cordell Redfin are also great choices. Talk to the guys at Hammonds and Oakwood Bait and Tackle for the hot lure. They can save you lots of grief trying to figure out what the hot lure is this year. Sometimes they will eat anything you throw at them and sometimes you can throw the whole tackle box. Either way it is some of the most exciting fishing of the year.
The next few weeks some big fish will show up as well on the far north end of the lake. If you are looking for a big fish this the best option but your numbers will be lower. Live trout and live herring on freelines will be the baits of choice on the north end. The freeline is nothing but a live bait and a hook out behind the boat. Planer boards will also come into play this month and into November. Planer boards help you cover more water. They are an important part of the striper fishermen’s arsenal.
Overall, really looking forward to October. The fishing can be fast and furious. I would say it is the most exciting fishing of the year. It is volatile due to the rapidly changing weather and Fall fronts but hit the right day and the fishing can be unforgettable. Several of the best fishing days I have ever witnessed have been in October. Don’t miss it.