Trolling for stripers in freshwater is a very common technique. Live bait is the preferred bait of choice most of the time. Anglers will rig shad or large minnows on a spread of lines and they will use planer boards to help cover more water. With 2 to 3 anglers in the boat, you can easily fish 4 to 6 rods (depending on your state’s fishing regulations) with planer boards. A slow troll works best with live bait. Some anglers prefer using their kicker motor while others will just use their trolling motor to troll. You can use a variety of lures such as spoons, swimbaits and crankbaits.