Hot Spots of the Week: Large schools of spotted bass and white perch are suspended over deep water points and under water humps. The better fishing seems to be in water thirty to sixty feet deep. While deep jigging and slow trolling live baits is best. Some are having success
It felt like a cool day in March when we boarded a float plane in Winnipeg, Canada earlier this month for a week of fishing on One Manís Lake in Western Ontario. Its trophy waters were teeming with walleye northern pike and smallmouth bass that were hungry after being under
There are times during the summer when the lake water gets so warm that fish stop biting. Catfish, however, are the exception. The warmer the water, the more actively they feed. The reasons are many, but simply stated, catfish have a higher tolerance for warm water than other
Hot Spot of the Week: Spotted bass are schooling offshore on points and around brush in water to twenty -five feet. Shaky heads, buck tails and spoons are the baits of choice when fish are deep. White perch are being caught on small minnows and Sabiki rigs along the edges of
Can I spend the night on Lake Normanís Islands? No! According to information posted at NCWRC Boat Access Areas, no night time use is permitted from sunset until sunrise. In addition, no permanent structures are allowed, and no fires, littering or removal of vegetation.
As the spring season winds down and lake temperatures rise, fish will move toward deeper water. Since they tend to bunch up in tight knit schools this time of year, itís easy to land a limit quickly. Better yet, the weather is usually great in late May, and the summer boat traffic
While bass fishermen were searching for bedding bass on Lake Norman in late March, a group of fellow anglers and I traveled to the Andros Islands in the Bahamas, to catch bonefish. Not only was the bonefishing fabulous, but the clear skies and eighty degree temperature was a
Normanís water level is about 1.8 feet below full pond and is 3.0 feet below full on Mountain Island Lake. The surface water temperature is in the sixties in water not affected by power generation on Lake Norman.
Hot Spots of the Week Ė Scattered stripers and hybrids
The best times to catch bedding bass are during the new and full moons in April and May. Those not bedding, the pre and post spawn fish will be holding in pocket openings, near shallow points and on the shady side of boat docks. Best baits to use in April are football jigs,
Lake Conditions: The surface water temperature varies by location, but is mainly in the fifties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 2.5í below full pond on Lake Norman and 3.6í below full on Mountain Island Lake.
Lake Conditions: The surface water temperature varies by location, but is mainly in the fifties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 2.7 feet below full pond on Lake Norman and 3.4 feet below full on Mountain Island Lake.
Lake Norman has been a melting pot for non-native species of fish since its beginnings in the early 1960ís. By 1970, striped bass, Arkansas blue catfish and white bass had been introduced. The white and striped bass were stocked to enable Norman to compete with South Carolinaís
Hot Spot of the Week: Bass are moving out of deep water and staging for the spring spawn. Try fishing Ramsey and McCrary Creeks where the water temperature is a few degrees warmer than other creeks. Anglers using the Alabama Rig continue to boast about the quality and quantity
July brings sunny days, higher water temperatures and lots of pleasure boats to Lake Norman. Such conditions influence fish to move to deeper water during the day where itís not only cooler, but the environment is less stressful. But when dusk arrives, the fish return to their... read more
There is no doubt in my mind that big baits catch big fish, I have said it for years and continue to believe it; there is however some extreme size baits that even further the big baits big bass philosophy. Just take a look at some of the newest most effective summertime baits... read more
As we have all seen the days of fishing any of our high pressure lakes has changed drastically over the past few years; going to a top rated reservoir has frustrated many of the best of fisherman. The change has come over time but the days of finding really aggressive bass are... read more
Ė Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.
Itís disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.
ďMore than just... read more
The calendar said June 1, but the cold northeast wind, chilly rain and leaden skies seemed more like a bad day on the opening weekend of the April Keeneland meet.
June finally arrived in Kentucky this week and water temperatures in lakes across the state inched their way... read more
We are headed into the heat of the summer, a time of year where we will see water temperatures well into the 90ís. The questions are, where do the fish go and what do you as a bass fisherman do to find them? The answers may not be exactly what you might think!
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The recipe proves once again that bacon is good with just about everything!
My father was quite a cook, but I think in some cases he made the recipe up as he went. I canít ever remember him bringing... read more
Mary Lee, a great white shark tagged with a GPS tracking device, has become a favorite of the social media set. All it took was a Twitter Account, (@MaryLeeShark) and an anonymous spokesperson to field responses to questions like this. ďMary Lee, I know itís not polite, but... read more