Lake Wateree stripers on fire

WatereePaisley June Wolfe caught these Lake Wateree stripers just after sunrise.

Get on the water early

Striper fishing on Lake Wateree is as hot as the weather, and Capt. Jason Wolfe of Wolfe’s Guide Service said getting an early start is the way to go.

“Getting on the water early right now means fast action, and can get you a quick limit. And you can be headed home before a lot of people have even started their day,” said Wolfe.

On most days, the majority of the bite has been on down lines using live bait. But Wolfe said anglers should also keep a rod with a topwater lure handy at all times.

“They’ll come up schooling at times. It’s not enough to specifically target them that way, but it’s often enough to make it worth having that topwater rod handy. You won’t have time to tie a lure on. The schools appear quickly and disappear just as fast. So if you’ve got one already tied on, you can usually catch a fish or two from that school,” he said.

Wolfe expects Lake Wateree’s striper bite to stay hot for some time. He also fishes for stripers at Lake Murray, and multiple species on the Santee Cooper lakes, as well as several rivers in the Carolinas. He can be reached at 803-487-3690.

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