and Striped Bass Fishing
Watch the action of gulls or
other fish-eating birds at a reservoir. Check out where they're
surface feeding on small fish. Where gulls are feeding, there
will be schools of white bass as well. Try 'jump
fishing': get to the action area quickly, throttle back
upwind, shut off the motor, and drift down through surfacing
Once you make a catch at a school
of surface-feeding bass, try again and again. Such feeding
eruptions last only a short time, usually in late afternoon or
early morning, especially in late summer and early fall.
Medium-to-light action spinning
and bait-casting gear are good choices for white bass
Best times to fish for stripers
and white bass: daytime from late fall through early spring;
late evening through first light in summer.
Use jigs or crank baits in spring
and summer, baitfish in fall, using a heavy rod and line. Live
shad is a good, all-around bait.
Striped bass that are near
structure (submerged trees, formations) seem to be more active
and willing to bite – than stripers that are suspended in
To catch more than one bass at a
time, place two or more reflective lures simultaneously on your
line at 1 S-inch intervals. Try jigs or jigging spoons.
In reservoirs, look for riprap on
shore-lines, rocky points, just off islands, sudden drop-offs,
old river channels or sand bars. In rivers, check out places
where streams enter, bridge pilings disrupt current flow, above
wing dams, or downstream from a lock and dam.
a depth finder to locate schools of bass. They prefer sandy or
gravel lake bottoms. No matter where you find them, they aren't
going to stay in one place long.