A little over a week ago I went to West Point to learn how guide Andy Binegar catches stripers and hybrids during the spring. The information will be in the March Georgia Outdoor News magazine.
We trolled all day in very muddy water and caught a few of both species on a cold, rainy day.
The fish were still stacked up in the mouths of big creeks on the main lake. Maple Creek and Wedhadkee Creek both had clouds of baitfish and bigger fish around them out in 30 plus feet of water. With the muddy water, the fish would not chase our trolled baits.
Captain Mack Farr, Andy’s mentor, joined us. He has been a guide for stripers on Lake Lanier for many years. In the post trip discussion, we agreed we probably would have had better luck sitting right on top of the fish and dangling live bait in their faces, giving them time to eat it.
We tried the Chattahoochee River out from the pumping stations, too. Andy says he checks that area often and when he starts seeing fish on his electronics and catches some. That tells him the fish have started their “false” spawning run up the river. Once he finds them there, he follows them up the river to catch big stripers.
Andy contacted me Monday and said the water was clearing in the river and Maple Creek and the fish were biting much better. Then all the rain Thursday muddied it up again!!
On Facebook some folks are posting picture of big crappie they are catching at West Point and other lakes. They are biting good for people trolling jigs and live bait 15 to 20 feet deep out over creek and river channels. This is a good time to fill your freezer.