I always get into conversations with other anglers about their favorite fishing lures. We all have those we know we can't go with out. We also feel we must carry a tackle box filled with different baits. Some of those that caught our eye may never be used.
The major discussion evolves around a favorite of many striper fishing. There are three major ways to fish for river rockfish. First, the most favorite is casting surface lures. I know of nothing that is more exciting than a big fish busting on a surface plug. Of these my favorites are the creek chub, Huntington drone and the atom popper. There are others that work well but these have caught the most fish for me. Early morning is best before a lot of boat traffic puts the fish down.
The second is fishing under water plugs. I have two which work well for me. The first is a shallow running blue-back rebel plug. It is good idea to replace all wire hooks with steel ones. These plugs can be cast or trolled on a long line.
Second is the rattle trap in silver with a blue back. Other anglers will have lures they prefer and all catch fish.
The last method is fishing live bait. Again, I have two methods that work well for me. If the water is running I will lip hook a small perch with an inline weight and let it work in the current behind an anchored boat.
When the water is not running then the rig should consist of a small perch hooked through the back, behind the top fin. This is fished below a large round float. A large split shot is placed on the line about 10 inches above the bait. I set the depth to about a foot off the bottom to save bottom hookups.
Rockfish season is open in all waters as of June 1.