????striper techniques for lower Illinois???
family fishing trip need help
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Posted on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM  
Frist I would like to thank all for participating in such an informitive and tastaful place for us to comunicate. I have never posted just scavenged the threads for intel, there is alot ride n on this on and ant info will be greatly apriciated. We are staying at marval trout camp (bewteen gor landing and tenkiller dam for those who are unfamiliar) march 15, 16, 17, I not been there in some time due to service im USMC but have plenty of gear and 14' 5hp john boat. Any info will be much apriciated. And a big thanks to those thatdo some catching and make post and to the pros that dont mind helping the weekend warriors

       
Posted on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM  
First, welcome to your first post . I would recommend that you go to the mouth of the river. You should be able to get into some fish somewhere around there. They won't be moving up in the river much yet.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM  
Welcome to the notebook and thank you for your service to the country.  Have not fished the river in a few years but will share some things you might consider. This time of the year the stripers can be all the way up the river if the water is warmer coming out of the dam than the lower parts of the river, especially if there has been a shad kill on the lake and shad are coming through the turbines. White jigs and shad type swim baits would be good in this situation. Sounds like the boat you have would work for a float from the dam back to Marvel when turbines are running but the river is very shallow and if water is not flowing you may have to drag it over some gravel bars. If you check out Google Maps aerial photos it will give you an idea of the river channel. 

From Gore landing down river the river is deeper once you pass down stream of the bridges. A lot of the striper fishing is done in this part of the river to the Arkansas river. Suspending trout colored jerk baits like the suspending rogue as well as swim baits like sassy shad and sweet swimmers work well at the right times. Some of the bait fishermen use trout or shad for the really large ones.  Walleye are present also and my personal best was 7 lbs. caught on a trout colored rogue. 

It has been a long time since I have fish this river and really do not have any current information but maybe it will help. Good luck and enjoy the trip.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM  
Thanks guys, I appreciate the tips. I will be posting pics of new state record the following teuesday. Thanks again, semper fi !
Posted on Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM  
Fish the warmest water you can find right now - this time of year some real big walleye also show up - cut live shad fished on bottom will outfish live bait before water gets up to sixty --
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Posted on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 at 8:20 AM  
Thank you mr Hughes, walleye is good to eat? Im not even sure what takle to bring (rod, reel, line). Is it posible the sandbass will be running considering length of day and moon phase  or will the temp be to cold?? I COULDNT AGREE WITH YOUR QUOTE MORE!!!!
Posted on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM  
Is there a place you can buy live trout???
Posted on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM  
I can catch some ive herd of using just the skin and trolling butvi guess it wont be warm enough 
Posted on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM  
I use to fish there alot. One year early March  my son and I caught 5 fish. 12lb Hybrid, 4lb Sandbass, 8.8 lb Walleye, 15 lb Blue, and a 15lb Striper. All down towards the mouth. All on shad we caught there in the river mouth. Those were the only fish we caught all day.

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Posted on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM  
I really appreciate the feedback guys, Mr clark that sounds like one heck of a day. Is there a particular spot at the mouth, idenifiable landmark to start from?
Posted on Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 at 3:26 PM  
From the RR bridge to the opening. Semper Fi    C 1/5

I don't believe in Miracles, I rely on them.
Dave Clark Hybrid/Striper/Sandbass Guide
 Fishonok.com
YETI Pro staff,
Pro Staff Baitbuster Cast nets 1.5lbs per foot and six panel
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