The best time to fish for stripers is in early April while it is still cold. The water is usually high and full of logs and debris floating down the river. The fish can sometimes be found by going up an inlet creek early in the morning. If it is a good spot, chances are there will be other boats already there when you arrive. A common technique used to catch stripers is ballooning, i.e. tieing a balloon onto your line and let it float behind your boat with the bait swimming around untill a striper takes it. I have had good luck just using a large floater. In addition to stripers, I have caught largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel cat and bream.