The striper fishing was very good last week and over Memorial weekend. We’ve had our boats out on morning and afternoon guide trips daily and the north and southend are about equal. Downlined and power reeled bluebacks fished 20 to 25 feet deep over a 30 to 35 foot bottom has worked best. After the sun gets up high, move out over a 70 to 80 foot bottom. Fish your downlines on or just off points for best success. A couple of our boats have also done well trolling Capt. Mack’s u-rigs. We’ve had several 40 to 50 fish catch and release mornings the past 7 days. We’ve also had some days when the numbers have been less. It all depends on how many boats are around you when you are on fish, and if you can get to your fishing spots by yourself.
The topwater bite has pretty much non-existent on the stripers. You might catch a few on a Redfin or a jerk bait if you stick with it and keep moving. Bluebacks on a downline are out producing everything else, with u-rigs not far behind. I went up the lake over the Memorial weekend to get away from the fishing pressure and the fishing was great on 30-35 foot slick bottom points. You will find smaller stripers and spots around the points with brush, but our bigger fish have been on a slick 30-35 foot bottom. Overall, this striper fishing has been very good and will only get better over the next 120 days. This report is brought to you by Shane Watson Guide Service www.lakelanierstripers.com, Hammond’s Fishing Center, and Carolina Skiff Boats. Good Fishing.