Nottely: Level: Full pool. Temp: 82-86 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Stripers: Guide Jeremy Seabolt reports, “With the water temps in the mid-80s, the fish are schooled up in deep pockets and on humps on the river channels. We have been finding most of our fish running in the 20- to 70-foot range. We have been catching most of the fish downlining. The bigger herring are still producing biggest fish. The u-rig and lead-core bites are starting to produce lots of fish, also. We have been pulling them at 2.5 to 3.0 miles per hour from 115 to 140 feet back. We also have had some good topwater action at first light and late in the afternoons. We have been catching them on flukes and Yo-Zuri Minnows. Going in to August, I don’t see the striper pattern changing much. The best way to catch them is to watch for schools of fish, and get bait on top of them fast. Then try stay on top of the schools. August is my favorite month for downlining, but please remember to try not to stress the fish any more than to get a pic. Then get them back in water as fast as you can.”