April is finally here and the fishing has been phenomenal. Current Water Temperature is 50-53. As April progresses, fishing should continue to become even better. With the warming temperatures, striper will seek shallower water as shallow water will be warmer. Shallow water is the first to cool, and first to warm. So, with the progressive warming of spring, bait fish will move into shallower water, and the striper will follow. Stripers metabolisms are rising as the water warms, making them more aggressive and willing to eat. We will have a mix of tactics this month, with trolling with planer boards being our most common. some more tactics include; casting artificials, downlines, and bottom fishing. Just because fish have moved shallower doesn't mean sonar still isn't a big part of our game, towards the middle of the day, striper still tend to seek refuge in deeper water, making sonar very important. Even at prime time, sonar can still play a huge role. Towards the end of the month, the action will really heat up with the beginning of the alewife spawn. Alewife and blueback herring will swarm the banks to spawn, and this is a huge opportunity for striper to feed on these baits as they are vulnerable, making this a great and exciting time to fish. Both morning and afternoon trips this month have their potential. afternoon trips will probably be more oriented towards shallow water, as the water has warmed from the heat of the sun all day. We have been focusing on the creeks, and shallow areas on the lower part of the lake; however, this is a great time of year to be in the river system. Prime areas include; Indian creek, beaver dam creek, Grimes creek, stoney creek, Beckys and Bettys creek, Craddock creek, witcher creek, bull run, gills, and standiford. PRIME ARTIFICIALS; Berkley hitstick, Rapala F-18, zoom super fluke, and wake baits. GIVE US A CALL (540) 204-7146, OR BOOK ON THE RATES/BOOK PAGE.
March is finally here, and our 2022 season is kicking off. Water temps are ranging in the upper 40s, 47-49. March Is one of our favorite times of year to target striper on Smith Mountain Lake, specifically for the big ones. March is generally quality over quantity, as the bigger fish this time of year are very active, and thrive in the march/april temperatures. We will be fishing big baits, in shallow water. This one of the few times of year you can actually watch the fish interact with your bait, making it truly heart pounding. Shallow water is the first to warm and the first to cool, so when the heat up starts in the spring, shallow water and, the creeks/river system is generally the "hottest bite". So we are typically in the river system this time of year. Our tactics will heavily include planer boards, and mostly gizzard shad, through the entire month of march. As the month goes on, fishing really only gets better with the continuation of the warm up, and April is much of the same fishing. If you're looking for a big one, this month is arguably your best shot. With April/ October/ November being close runner-ups. Early signs are showing that this will be a good spring. Thanks for a great 2021, and I look forward to another great year. Tight lines, Capt. H.
Capt. Weston Hartman
Feb 15. 2022