June 15, 2009 at 7:42pm
The moderate spring weather plus abundant rainfall has kept the main lake water temperatures lower than recent years. The water temperature is still in the low 80F range at midlake as of June 15. Large numbers of stripers are holding in the mouths of major creeks whereas the bulk of these fish are usually oriented on the main channel S-curves by mid-June. My anglers are catching bass, perch and catfish in 10-30 ft of water around long creek mouth points at daylight, both on artificials and live bait(herring and shad). As the day brightens we are moving out to 50-70 ft of water where live baits fished 30-50 ft deep are taking limits of stripers up to 7 lbs. Many boats choose to pull artificials on lead core line or behind planers to reach these fish. Either way, it's best to get an early start so you can be off of the water before the pleasure boat armada hits the lake.