Artificial Lures can be as effective as natural bait for Striped Bass.
Using Artificial lures is an exciting way to catch Striped Bass, especially Top Water Lures, and if you have never cast a Topwater Lure into a feeding school of Striped Bass or hybrid bass you my friend have not experienced one of the greatest experiences of fishing, you owe it to yourself to go out and give it a try.
Top water lures can be productive through out the year when surfacing fish are present, Normally you will see this at dawn or dusk and especially on cloudy or foggy days.
If you are into trolling with your outboard motors for Striped Bass, a method that is
used on the eastern seaboard which has made its way to
inland lakes is the
Be aware of the water temperatures when selecting lures.
With water temps in the 40s and low 50s, downsizings is
the way to go.
When water temps start rising into the high 50s stripers
start to get more aggressive and feed on larger 5" -7" gizzard shad. Start
increasing the size of your lures. Use larger topwaters.
When deep water jigging, I recommend a sensitive rod with some good backbone.