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Preparing to spawn, bass are in the shallows at Falls, Harris and Jordan Lakes now and are hitting Rat-L-Traps and shallow-diving crankbaits. Triangle lakes bustin’ out with bass as spawn starts
Spring weather finally has settled across North Carolina, freshwater lakes have warmed up, and sow largemouth bass are in the shallows, looking for places to spawn.
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Ned Connelly nets an American or white shad at Lock and Dam. No. 1. Now he has catfish bait that’ll work well. Cape Fear’s No. 1 spot for blue cats
Jackie Blanchard made a half-circle into the parking lot at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boating-and-picnic area at Lock and Dam No. 1 at King’s Bluff in Bladen County. The dam is the first navigational hurdle in the Cape Fear River for humans and fish heading upriver from Wilmington. It’s a massive structure, built in the early 1900s.
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The Randleman Dam Reservoir will not open tomorrow, but will instead open April 1. Budget cuts were cited as the reason. Randleman Dam Reservoir opening delayed until April 1
The Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, citing budgetary issues, decided not to open Randleman Dam Reservoir on the scheduled March 1 date, and will instead wait until April 1. The lake, which covers 3,007 acres on the Guilford-Randolph county line, opened for public use on March 1. 2010. PTRWA authorities only made the announcement of this delayed opening on Feb. 24.
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Speckled trout, red drum and bass use warm March days to get their mojo back.
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Speckled trout, red drum and bass use warm March days to get their mojo back.
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Jigs, square-billed crankbaits and spinnerbaits are great baits for Lake Wylie bass before they begin to spawn. Spring Cleaning
Whenever Brian Travis of Conover wets a line at Lake Wylie, he can’t help but relive the dream that began in April 2008 when he won the Bass Federation National Championship there.
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Capt. Jeremiah Hieronymous caught this healthy shad on its spring spawning run up the Cape Fear River. Harbingers of Spring
Capt. Jot Owens’ mood changed as soon as he topped the bluff and the Cape Fear River became visible, spilling over a nearly 100-year-old dam.
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Big spring specks are suckers for a jig and soft-plastic bait, but only if they’re fished with a relatively slow retrieve. Spring Speck Specialists
Brutally cold weather plagued North Carolina this past winter, doing a number on speckled trout throughout the state’s coastal waters.
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March is the key month to catch prespawn bass on Cleveland County’s 1,700-acre Moss Lake, according to guide and bass pro Andy Montgomery. Little Lakes, Big Bass
Standing on the casting deck of his boat, Andy Montgomery made a tight swing with his casting rod and deftly flicked a spinnerbait between the edge of the dock and the old boat moored to it.
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As the water warms with the approach of spring, more and more crappie will pull up on shallow flats as they wait for conditions to be just right before heading in to spawn. Falls’ Slab King
Rod King had six rods spread in a semi-circle at his boat’s bow as he drifted across a big flat in Falls of Neuse Lake’s Little Lick Creek last March.
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During March 2007, three bass weighing more than 9 pounds came from the waters of Lake Townsend. Small Waters, Big Fish
When fishermen think of big bass, they often focus upon large lakes and will drive hundreds of miles to cast lures into sprawling impoundments often besieged by other anglers. In many instances, they overlook lunker largemouths that linger in smaller, less-pressured municipal water-supply reservoirs in their own back yards. Bass fishing at municipal water-supply lakes often remains the best-kept secret in town because these waters rarely receive the publicity given to larger reservoirs — not that local bass chasers are complaining.
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Flounder are a highly-desired fish in the Little River area, and plenty of places exist where you can catch a big flatfish. Saltwater Series: Little River / Sunset Beach
The inshore and nearshore waters around Little River, S.C., and Sunset Beach, N.C., are a complex saltwater ecosystem in a variety of ways.
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