Posts Tagged Striper

End of the Slump?

Well it turns out that there are fish in Lake Arthur even though I have been struggle to get hits let alone catching fish.  Last night in the 7th wednesday night tournament of the year my dad and I managed 3 keepers that weighed 5.85 lbs.  We finished 6th place and were more than pleased.  We boated 15-20 bass and I managed to catch a northern pike that was around 26″ and a striper that was probably near 12lbs. 

The unusual water temperatures have been moving fish were they normally wouldn’t be located.  The surface temperature last night after all of the rain was 73 degree.  That is way lower than the normal temperature of 83-85 degrees for this time of year.  Normally, a deeper off shore pattern is best this time of year, but because of the water temperature and all of the rain we have been having the fish are scattered at a variety of depths. 

Last night we went back to basics a bit.  We ran to our first spot and fish for almost 2 hours before firing our big motor.  Covering a bunch of water we managed to get fish at multiple depths on a variety of lures.  I wish I could pass on a solid pattern, but the lake just hasn’t given me one to this point.

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Lake Arthur Trip Last Night

With the bass spawn going on and gorgeous weather my friend and I decided to head to Lake Arthur for a Bass/Striper combo evening.  We started by fishing for largemouth and man did we get them.  if just 3 hours we boated 20 bass and lost about 15 more because the fish were on beds and just not trying to eat the baits, but they wants them off the bed.  At around 8:00pm I decided to go try my favorite striper spot.  Each of us were able to hook up with 1 striper and they were both around the 20 inch mark.  We were also lucky enough to have a couple walleye strike our jerkbaits.  I can’t wait to fry those guys up!  Usually, I am a catch and release guy, but occassionally I like to keep walleye or crappie to have a little fish fry.

Nick & A Nice Walleye

Nick & A Nice Walleye

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