November 22, 2010 at 8:06am
With homage to Mark Twain, reports of the demise of the Norman striper fishery are premature and greatly exaggerated. The overall effects of this summer's striper kill are yet to be fully determined, but the striper bite at the north end of the lake has heated up since the water temps have finally reached the low 60 - high 50F range. The fish are in the main river channel around the islands and underwater humps. They also make forays into the creeks following big schools of shad and herring. My anglers are catching stripers from 35-40 ft deep up to the surface on live alewives and shad. Late afternoon trips have also encountered some brief surface action, and the ususal assortment of topwaters and bucktails produce exciting hookups. The action should only get better through the New Year.