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Mount Storm Lake

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Wednesday, Oct 13 2021
Mount Storm Lake is known as a good Black Bass (Smallmouth and Largemouth), Walleye and large Striped Bass lake. Look for black bass to be congregated in and around the cover of newly downed trees. Shad and other minnow patterns work well for these species. Considering the schooling behavior of shad in this lake, umbrella lures (those that mimic several baitfish in a group) would work quite well. Crankbaits and swim baits that mimic wounded baitfish are excellent bait choices.Largemouth Bass will be found along shorelines that are laden with fallen trees, beaver dams, and aquatic vegetation. Particularly, these habitats are found more commonly upstream into the creek arms of the lake. Also, cooler water temperatures can often be found nearer to the stream channels that bring cool water into the lake. Smallmouth Bass can be caught more frequently in habitats where large rock outcrops are abundant, although they too will sometimes be associated with vegetation and wood that attracts forage fish. The dam wall and creek channels upstream provide complex rocky habitats for Smallmouth Bass. A medium to heavy action rod would work well. If you target Striped Bass in this lake, its important to have a boat to get to open water, as well as oversized fishing gear compared to what you would use for bass fishing. Striped Bass do not appear to aggregate seasonally, but seem to stay deep where the coolest, heavier water remains. This is especially true in the summer, as this species often seeks out cool water. Stripers have been caught exceeding 35 in this lake! Walleye can also be caught with trolling techniques - using jerk baits, crank baits, and inline spinners rigged with natural baits like nightcrawlers or minnows. Walleye will congregate along drop-offs of submerged rocky ridges and the submerged creek bed of the Stony River arm of the lake during spring. Channel Catfish are numerous and stunted: the harvest of Channel Catfish is suggested there to improve the population. They can be caught during all seasons using baits such as chicken liver, cut bait, and stink baits. The only public boat ramp for this lake is located right off Route 29. It is certainly ideal to fish Mount Storm Lake with a boat, as very little shoreline access is available for public use. It is critical to understand that if catch and release fishing is participated in during the summer, there WILL be a high degree of fishing mortality if fish are not handled properly. It is suggested that you quickly return Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass back to the water without retaining them in a live well unless you are interested in harvesting them. Also, Striped Bass are particularly prone to dying when caught during warm water temperatures. Consider harvesting them during this time or refraining from fishing for them during warm timeframes in the summer.




Wednesday, Oct 13 2021




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Mount Storm Lake


Rating - Good

Mount Storm Lake is known as a good Black Bass (Smallmouth and Largemouth), Walleye and large Striped Bass lake. Look for black bass to be congregated in and around the cover of newly downed trees. Shad and other minnow patterns work well for these species. Considering the schooling behavior of shad in this lake, umbrella lures (those that mimic several baitfish in a group) would work quite well. Crankbaits and swim baits that mimic wounded baitfish are excellent bait choices.Largemouth Bass will be found along shorelines that are laden with fallen trees, beaver dams, and aquatic vegetation. Particularly, these habitats are found more commonly upstream into the creek arms of the lake. Also, cooler water temperatures can often be found nearer to the stream channels that bring cool water into the lake. Smallmouth Bass can be caught more frequently in habitats where large rock outcrops are abundant, although they too will sometimes be associated with vegetation and wood that attracts forage fish. The dam wall and creek channels upstream provide complex rocky habitats for Smallmouth Bass. A medium to heavy action rod would work well. If you target Striped Bass in this lake, its important to have a boat to get to open water, as well as oversized fishing gear compared to what you would use for bass fishing. Striped Bass do not appear to aggregate seasonally, but seem to stay deep where the coolest, heavier water remains. This is especially true in the summer, as this species often seeks out cool water. Stripers have been caught exceeding 35 in this lake! Walleye can also be caught with trolling techniques - using jerk baits, crank baits, and inline spinners rigged with natural baits like nightcrawlers or minnows. Walleye will congregate along drop-offs of submerged rocky ridges and the submerged creek bed of the Stony River arm of the lake during spring. Channel Catfish are numerous and stunted: the harvest of Channel Catfish is suggested there to improve the population. They can be caught during all seasons using baits such as chicken liver, cut bait, and stink baits. The only public boat ramp for this lake is located right off Route 29. It is certainly ideal to fish Mount Storm Lake with a boat, as very little shoreline access is available for public use. It is critical to understand that if catch and release fishing is participated in during the summer, there WILL be a high degree of fishing mortality if fish are not handled properly. It is suggested that you quickly return Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass back to the water without retaining them in a live well unless you are interested in harvesting them. Also, Striped Bass are particularly prone to dying when caught during warm water temperatures. Consider harvesting them during this time or refraining from fishing for them during warm timeframes in the summer.


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