|salty nick wrote:
|I've never caught a striper there (never really tried either). Did see about a 36" dead one floating along the shoreline. I pulled these off articles/message boards I googled, don't know how true they are, but they make sense:
"Stripers at Del Valle can be caught by trolling large lures. Rainbow or shad pattern lures work best because they resemble the main diet of the striper. Try Rat-L-Traps, broken-back Rebels, or The Stud lure which was developed by a Lake Del Valle regular, Matt DiSimmone who had a reputation for limits of stripers at Del Valle. Bait fishing with shad, anchovies or minnows is also a good technique for stripers here."
"The best technique that I found was to hook a jumbo minnow thru the lips, with a splitshot about 30 inches above it. Best way to fish this way is with an electric motor...stripers hate noise. Just let the line out about 50 to 100ft and s-l-o-w-l-y move along, stopping now and then. Best luck I had was south side of Swallow Bay. It's been a few years since I've fished there (Moved to Lincoln the main reason!), but I have caught fish to 20lbs this way, along with some nice catfish. Many of the stripers I caught were full of bluegill, so keep that bait in mind too. I once caught one that had a 14" trout in it. I've also used Pencil Poppers off points early in the morning. Best bet - go during the week."
"There are stripers but I would not say it is packed with them. The last 2 years are the best I can recall in the 20 years I fished this lake. I have done OK this fall and winter but my last 2 trips have not produced any stripers.
In all honesty most people catch the stripers incidentily while fishing for other species. Those die hards that focus on stripers primarily toss top water lures up an down the shorelines."
We've caught nothing but shakers, I mean the size of your hand. I think your best shot is to rent a boat and follow the tips that salty provided.