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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-30-2015, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Stripped bass Lake Arthur question

I under stand the stripped bass spawn in May on lake Arthur. When they come in the shallows can you catch them on a fly rod?
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Re: Stripped bass Lake Arthur question

Don't see why not . Holy cow would that be a battle to write about !
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Try a pattern that looks like a minnow or alewife.



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Re: Stripped bass Lake Arthur question

I have caught a few on my 8 wt flyrod. I use bigger saltwater flies that resemble alewives. But anything that is silver & blue should get their attention. I just cast and strip them in.

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Re: Stripped bass Lake Arthur question

I used to fish for wipers on Arthur with a fly rod quite a bit. Only fly I ever needed was a size 4 or 6 chartreuse/white clouser with a red throat. Mornings are best and on cloudy days, the action can be all day. 10 fish days were common as were 10 pound fish. Biggest I've seen was 18. Get out there now. Bigger fish now too. Those fish have to be coming full force when hitting a fly.. And other than hooking steelhead on the grand or Catt, there isn't a fish that will scream a drag and get you into your backing like wipers. I've caught 30 pound stripers in raystown on a fly. In my experience, Pound for pound wipers are the hardest fighting freshwater fish other than a chrome skamania steelhead.

Once the boats start its over. Hint: find where the bottom will heat up quicker... The baitfish will be there. Size 6 is better now and 4 will be better in May.

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