Posted by Hooker on April 12, 1997 at 14:17:31:
In Reply to: Chattahoochee stripers posted by Gary on April 08, 1997 at 07:56:06:
The Stripers below Morgan Falls are definitly a
big plus to the phenomenal "Hooch" fishery, although
many will not share that opinion. The fact is they haven't
had a hook in a 20 lb+ fish that is trying to rip
the rod out of their hand.
There are a number of spots on the Hooch that hold
stripers consistently. Atlanta's sewage discharge at
Six Flags (wear rubber gloves), Peachtree Creek, and
Morgan Falls are just some of the areas. Six Flags
is usually the first place to have Spring strippers and last
spring it was loaded with 6" to 8" baby stripers.
The striper program at Morgan Falls doesn't get hot
until early summer.
I haven't noticed a decline in the trout population
below Morgan Falls. In fact, the quality of the fish has
improved over the last couple of years. Not as many
stockers and more fish in the 14" to 16" range.
My biggest striper has been 26lbs 7oz. The average
fish is 12 to 16 lbs.
The best baits are live shad, 6" sassy shad, and
trout colored crankbaits.
With the natural reproduction occuring now, hopefully this
spectacular fish is here to stay!
Be Careful, Striper Fever can be Dangerous
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