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Stripers and Hybrids Active Early and Late

Report Date: May 21, 2013

Water level – full pool
Water temperature – 71°

Stripers and hybrids have been active early mornings and late afternoons. The early mornings have been very good with fish moving into coves and pockets to feed. Once the sun gets high, usually by midmorning, they move to deeper water and are harder to locate. If you do not catch them early, it can be a long day. If it is cloudy, they might stay shallow longer.

Once the stripers and hybrids slow down, the bass fishing can last all day. The bass will hang around shoals and points in shallow water with the bright sun. The Kentucky spotted bass are thick and seem to be everywhere. As we move into June, expect more of the same. The hybrids and stripers will start migrating south from the upper reaches of the lake towards the lower lake.

The number one lure has been a Sebille magic swimmer in white color. The size that has worked best is a 5 inch, slow sinking Sebille. Another good choice is a 1/4 ounce scrounger jig head with a white ice super fluke Junior. Usually this time of year I will throw a top water plug but the water has been slow to warm up. Soon I will throw a lucky craft Sammy in ghost minnow.

For bait fishing, blue back herring are hard to beat. Pulling free line herring with no weight works good early in the morning. As the sun gets high, fish herring deeper with sinkers at the depth you see the fish on the graph.

Capt. Preston Harden
Lake Hartwell, GA

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