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So, I'm working on my boat and i'm gonna get it up and running soon. Then I'm making it my goal to find and catch the bigger stripers at plez. I was just wondering if anyone else would be interested in either sharing info or hitting the lake together and collecting info. I know that they are in there and I want to catch some of 'em. I'm gonna try to think out of the box and get away from chasing boils and fishing the tires at night cause i haven't heard of anyone catching anything of great size by doing that. I'll be doing a lot of mapping and searching deep structure and stuff. They have to be in there and I'm sure that they are moving in schools. Just need to find them and get them to bite. We'll see what happens. Let me know if you're interested in figuring 'em out with me. Later.
 

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So, I'm working on my boat and i'm gonna get it up and running soon. Then I'm making it my goal to find and catch the bigger stripers at plez. I was just wondering if anyone else would be interested in either sharing info or hitting the lake together and collecting info. I know that they are in there and I want to catch some of 'em. I'm gonna try to think out of the box and get away from chasing boils and fishing the tires at night cause i haven't heard of anyone catching anything of great size by doing that. I'll be doing a lot of mapping and searching deep structure and stuff. They have to be in there and I'm sure that they are moving in schools. Just need to find them and get them to bite. We'll see what happens. Let me know if you're interested in figuring 'em out with me. Later.
Ok dude heres what I got.....when I was on my mission of killing all the stripers in Plez I found out that the bigger fish seemed to eat more at daylight, and really deep, like at least 50-60 ft......figured out the best bait was a small striper rigged w/like 3-4 stinger hooks, but I think thats illegal...

A good spot would be entrance to river on the left, and 1702...or any deep hump, or any of these spots



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cool thanks franklin. how did you do? did you ever get into anything consistent?

P.S. bob, the map i have says that plez is over 200' deep in the main lake channel. I haven't scanned it for myself though.
 

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Hello, Yep franklin is right on with the bait and rigging I been getting a few ten pounders over the top of the old dam structure they have been down from 60 to 140 feet and pretty good size schools. I been working them on water dogs also but the bite is real slow maybe one or two a night. The old dam is down there about 200 to 240
 

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they just posted a pic of the 31lb striper the guy got at powell trolling deep, the biologist at powell keeps saying the smaller stripers can handle the warmer water to come up and feed on boils, the big boys can not handle the warm water and tend to feed more at night, so what CATFISHFRANK has been doing makes sense with the 60+' water, I think the big 28lber caught last summer at pleasant was caught on waterdog out deep. I see a couple people during the mornings trolling with downriggers at pleasant, never see them hook "big" fish but imagine it has happened?
 

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Yeah, trolling with downriggers in the channels was one of my ideas, but if that's already been tried... I guess I'll really have to get inventive with my approach. Maybe verticle jigging deep suspended schools? Maybe chumming anchovies in 200' of water during the day in the main channel. I don't know. Kinda excited to get out there and try some new stuff though.
 

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Good post. I'd be interested in finding some of the bigger ones too... I've only been striper fishing for a short time now but can say that I've had my fill of dinks and 1 pounders already.

Always wanted to get a small downrigger for my boat and for something like this I think it would be worth it to get one. Might have to get one here real soon.
 

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If you can locate deep schools try jigging deep heavy spoons such as saltwater Kastmasters or such, if you have a good graph you can see the spoon.
 

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Ok, so its deep enough you should be able to fish some Powel style patterns then? Cool. We used to backwind chunk bait on shady vertical rock faces down to as deep as 80 feet, but most bites came at 35 to 40 feet. Are there some places this might work? We would just back wind at about the fall rate of our bait and sinker with a 3/4 oz pancake sinker. When the line went slack we would reel down and set the hook. Caught a lot of 8-12 pounders that way. Didn't always have to be the shady side if it was on a point or entrance to a side canyan. We got more bites up close to the vertical face. Very close.

I didn't know much about such things back when we figured that out, but I suspect the fish were hanging out around the primary thermocline, and some would come up after a falling bait.
 
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