Wow! No posts in the last 8 months? Must be everyone quit fishing O’Shay, scioto and Buckeye.
Nice!!! I've got some smaller striped bass poppers that I'm tempted to try. I'm also thinking about buying some white bucktails and using a white berkley gulp grub as a trailer.Big topwater lures work good morning and evening, pencil poppers, zara spooks. Another little trick is if you see them busting the surface and they don't bite, tie a heavier spoon. Sometimes the big slobs stay down and get the leftovers. I'm really lucky to have the Greenup dam to fish for all these years and live across the street from the Scioto river. Some times they can be caught up to Christmas. I bet a lot of folks up there catch a lot of wipers and think they are whites. The whites will have a little dirtier color, hybrids are brighter colored. Good luck guys!!🎣 Can't wait for some cooler weather!! View attachment 475020
You've definitely chosen a much harder path. I have heard that wipers are much more difficult to pattern in lakes than rivers just because there's so much open water. It shows how dedicated you are for you to able to find them on a regular basis.I know people do it, but I have never caught a wiper , any size, on a lure bigger than 4.5 inches long, and the grand majority have come on 1/8 oz jigs and either a 2-3 inch swimbait or twister tail. This year I started really targeting them on my boat, I started by trolling big plugs and spoons , got nothing but the occasional catfish. It wasn't until I started trolling small jigs high in water column that I started getting fish with any consistency. I still haven't zeroed in on a pattern for the deeper fish, I have tried drifting and dead rigging live shad and chicken liver with no success. Have caught a few over the years bottom bouncing worm harnesses though , so I am thinking I need the combo of live bait and flash plus thump to get the deep fish interested. Next trip out I am going to try heavy jigging spoons tipped with night crawlers or liver.