Doc Walker

Top-water fishing for stripers is just starting to kick off. I am seeing many schools of small fish on top now, so, it is just a matter of a few days that the better keepers will be on the surface also. Various baits will work, but, the bait needs to have a hair or translucent tail on the rear treble hook. The fish are feeding on threadfin shad fry, not mature shad. The dressed treble hook replicates the fry. When the dressing comes off the rear hook as it has a tendency to do after catching several fish, I immediately give my clients a new bait. My favorite baits include the salt-water series chug bug, the cordell pencil popper, and any wind cheater/near nuthin type sinking top water bait.

Of course, when the fish go down they can be caught vertical spooning and on down riggers. By the way, we have pulled several 14 lb. class fish on live shad during the past week.

Fish Species: Stripers
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Water Temperature: 80
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Doc Walker

About The Author: Captain Doc Walker

Company: Soutern Oklahoma Guide Service

Area Reporting: Lake Texoma

Bio: Lake Texoma is the premier inland striped bass fishery in the United States.  In addition, our Lake area is a major migratory transition area for waterfowl.  We have 30 years of experience fishing and hunting in the Lake Texoma area.  Our goal is for you have a rewarding and memorable experience on our beautiful Lake!

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