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Put in at Highpoint marina on 12/10/16 went around the left island, spotted some bait balls on my Lowrance spent about 5 hrs and caught a largemouth. As a kayaker what would u suggest to have the best chance of finding stripers every time I go? I can only go once a month so I want to use my time wisely. I don't expect to kill it every time but I feel like I don't know WTF im doing on a lake the size of a small ocean. Any advice would be helpful.
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In a kayak I would fish the docks around the marina for a different species, or the main points up and down the shore line. If you go out away from the shore there is a good chance of a large speed boat running over you.
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From high port the area between the two islands has produced. The north end of the northern most island produces, but a bit of a hike in kayak. Any areas around the islands have produced. Agree with tunaman - on fishing for multispecies around the marina docks. I'd bring lures for bass, crappie, and perch. Striper can be found around the docks early in the morning magic hour 30min before and after sunrise will catch them at the marina. 80% of stripers are caught at sunrise and sunset times so you need to be prepared to move onto different species if the bite lets up.
Use the shoreline to locate underwater structure - the shoreline is typically not that different than what's underneath. So look for rocks, boulders and gravel will produce, rocks transitioning to sand will produce, red clay that transitions to rock or sand will produce. Use lures that can cover the entire water column - spinner baits (match the blades with the size shad you see jumping), lipless crankbaits, etc and fish the entire column until you can zone in on a depth. Crankbaits if fishing shallow around rocks will produce this time of year. Don't try to cover too much area and fish very slowly over an area. Some species will not move as fast as Striper when it starts to get cold. Many, many times I've seen tournament fisherman fish thru a marina as fast as they can only to get flat outfished by a local who slowly and methodically plucks them out of structure he knows is there - he used a drop shot or worm setup when bass fishing. Stay away from bait fisherman if using artificials or create some stink for your lure via shad spray. Char, white, char and white, and somewhat translucent colors will work for striper. If cloudy try a more colorful lure with a red or orange in it. If you see fish on top a ghollywhopper or sand bass rig will produce. Have caught a lot of bass with them too, but have to work it a little slower. When it gets really cold and bait starts to die you can use a suspended jerk bait around docks and slowly twitch it every few seconds to imitate a dieing shad.
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Great tks! I have a trolling motor and a Lowrance 4x on my kayak (high tech redneck) so I can get around without too much effort but the lake is so big it helps to have an idea how to fish the area so all the info you gave will really help. I haven't figured out what I am seeing on my fishfinder so that is a work in progress, I know what a school of striper looks like but have not found one yet will try the day after Christmas if not too cold. Tks again